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Press Release

Department of Safety
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 31, 2012
Contact: Jim Van Dongen, 603-223-3710

Storm Updates from the State Emergency Operation Center
10:30 am

National Weather Service is predicting scattered showers for Wednesday with nothing in the forecast that would cause additional problems for road clearing or power restoration operations. There were some locally heavy thunderstorms last night that caused downpours and some additional wind damage. An apparent microburst occurred in Franklin last night, bringing down trees and branches and resulting in damage to structures.

No significant river flooding is expected.

Utility outages total approximately 70,000 down from more than 210,000 at the peak. Most power restoration work is expected to be completed by Friday.

  • PSNH - 55,597
  • Unitil - 2,325
  • National Grid - 1,198
  • Co-op - 11,221

Approximately 25 schools, daycare centers or other institutions remain closed.

There were two shelters open last night:

  • Auburn Safety Complex (0)
  • Nashua High School South (4 occupants)

Only the Auburn Safety Complex remains open. Other shelters have closed or gone to standby status. They could be quickly reactivated if needed.

Road closures: 4 state roads, 95 local roads are closed. The most common cause of road closures is trees or wires down.

President Obama Tuesday granted Governor Lynch's request for an emergency declaration for direct federal assistance for all 10 New Hampshire counties. The declaration will make available federal support for emergency debris removal, commodities and assistance for other emergency response activities that exceed state and local capabilities. The state will also continue to work with local communities and FEMA to determine if damage from the storm may warrant further federal assistance.

The State of Emergency remains in effect.

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