Thousands in NH without power as storm sweeps through

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CONCORD — More than 12,000 customers were without electricity in New Hampshire as of 9 a.m. after a winter storm brought snow, rain and gusty winds to the area.

Robert Buxton, Director of the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, issued a statement as crews worked to address the outages. “Crews are out and working hard to restore outages as they happen.

Keep you and your family safe if you lose power,” Buxton said.

He warned against indoor generator use and urged residents to call 911 if they encounter downed wires.

The following utility providers can be contacted to report power outages and should be notified every 24 hours until service is restored:

– Eversource: 1-800-662-7764
– Liberty Utilities: 1-855-349-9455
– NH Electric Co-Op: 1-800-343-6432
– Unitil: 1-888-301-7700

Buxton also offered safety recommendations for residents affected by the power outages:

– Sign up for NH Alerts and keep track of weather reports through National Weather Service radio or broadcasts.
– Drive with caution and be aware of crews clearing roads.
– Use flashlights instead of candles for emergency lighting.
– Avoid using a gas range or oven to heat your home.
– Ensure generators are operated outside, at least 20 feet away from any structure, with exhaust directed away from buildings.

For further information on power outage safety, Buxton directed residents to visit ReadyNH.gov.

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