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Press Release

Department of Safety
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
For Immediate Release: Monday, October 29, 2012
Contact: Jim Van Dongen, 603-223-3710

Storm Updates from the State Emergency Operation Center
5 pm

Governor Lynch has declared a State of Emergency in New Hampshire as of 10 a.m. today. People are requested to stay off the roads because of hazards created by standing water, flying debris and downed wires.

The National Weather Service forecasts that the brunt of the storm will continue through New Hampshire until the early morning hours on Tuesday, with rainfall of 1-3 inches and wind gusts to 60 mph over most of the state.

Utility outages, total is approximately 72,000.

  • PSNH - 39,000
  • Unitil - 20,150
  • National Grid - 3,920
  • Co-op - 9,161

100 National Guard soldiers are on standby at Pease Air National Guard Base and the Manchester and Plymouth armories. They have not yet been deployed.

14 Shelters open or on standby:

  • Rochester Middle School (open)
  • Plymouth State (HUB) (open)
  • Rindge (Intervarsity at Toah Nipi) (standby)
  • Exeter High School (standby)
  • Sanborn Regional High School (standby)
  • North Hampton Elementary School (open)
  • Nashua High School South (open)
  • Auburn Safety Complex (open)
  • Auburn Fire Station #1 (open)
  • Bedford Safety Complex (standby)
  • New Boston Central School (standby)
  • Keene Recreation Center (open)

For updated shelter information, call 211.

Road closures: 4 state roads, Mast Road in Goffstown, Route 155A in Lee/Durham and Route 107 in Raymond and Route 125 in Lee. Approximately 50 local roads are closed. The most common cause of road closures is trees or wires down.

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