As of 5 a.m. Saturday, February 27, many New Hampshire towns remained in the dark, according to Public Service of New Hampshire. PSNH’s town-by-town report estimates that in Bradford 100% of their customers are without power, yet only 10% of Sunapee is still experiencing outages as of this morning. Yet many areas of Newbury, New London, Springfield and Wilmot remain without electricity according to the PSNH report.
The early morning assessment shows 46% of PSNH customers statewide without electricity including many towns in the Lake Sunapee region. For the Town by Town Report, visit PSNH.
This, the February 2010 winter wind storm has resulted in the second largest power outage in recent state history. The hardest hit areas in New Hampshire are the central, southern and southeastern regions. High winds came through the area Thursday night and Friday morning taking down trees, tree limbs and power lines.
Gov. John Lynch on Friday urged those New Hampshire residents without power to make appropriate plans to stay warm and safe during what is expected to be a multiple day power outage, and up to a week for some customers. The governor declared a state of emergency to ensure all state resources are available to help families impacted by the winter storm and resulting widespread power outages and he activated 50 members of the National Guard to assist local communities as needed.
The scope of the power outages is second only to the ice storm of 2008. About 30 state roads, many secondary roads remained closed or partially closed as of Friday evening.