Tens of thousands of customers in New Hampshire lose electricity during winter storm

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Tens of thousands of customers in New Hampshire lose electricity during winter storm

Heavy, wet snow caused power outages and disrupted travel Monday in New Hampshire.In Rindge, the roads leading to Franklin Pierce University were closed Monday evening, cutting the school off from emergency services. The roads have since reopened. Student Caleb Ikkela said only three freshman dorms had the lights on as of 9 p.m. Monday. “I know the electric company was here, but it’s still not resolved,” Ikkela said. More than 56,000 customers were without power in New Hampshire by 6 p.m., a number that grew through the day. As of 10 p.m., Eversource said nearly 65,000 customers were still affected by outages. Downed trees and power lines contributed to hundreds of outages in Bedford, as well as a fiery scene on Beaver Lane, where a transformer caught fire, shooting flames 5 to 6 feet into the air.>> Raw video: Bedford transformer catches fire”Transformers are cooled with a special oil that they keep in there that’s nonconductive,” fire Lt. Corey Fecteau said. “It got overheated, shorted and caught the oil on fire.”Hundreds of utility crews were working around the state to restore power. Liberty Utilities said it secured additional local line crews, Unitil had crews coming from Canada, and Eversource brought in backup from Massachusetts and Connecticut.Eversource spokesman William Hinkle said there’s a possibility for more damage through the night from snow piling up on trees. He urged people to be patient while crews deal with dangerous driving conditions.”We want to thank our customers in advance for their patience as our crews also focus on safety while they work to repair damage and restore power,” Hinkle said.Visit the following links to view the latest outage maps anytime. Customers without electricity are reminded to report outages to their utility provider at least once daily until power is restored:Eversource: 1-800-662-7764NH Electric Co-op: 1-800-343-6432Unitil: 1-888-301-7700Liberty Utilities: 1-855-349-9455A few communities were hit hard by early Monday, including Merrimack, which had 3,000 customers in the dark, and Amherst, which had almost 2,600 customers without power. >> View updated New Hampshire power outage mapsIn Keene, several roads were closed because of downed wires, including portions of Maple Avenue, Hurricane Road, Arch Street, Water Street and Kennedy Drive.Meanwhile in Sandown, fire crews responded to Fremont Road, where a live wire fell to the ground and was seen shooting sparks. POWER OUTAGE SAFETYAnyone who sees downed power lines should call 911. Assume they are still live wires and do not touch them or drive over them. If a line falls on your car, stay in the car until emergency crews arrive. People are also urged to stay at least 35 feet away from downed lines and anything they fell on. State fire officials urged those who are at home without power to be cautious when using generators or alternate heat sources.Officials said residents should only use a generator that has been properly connected to house wiring by a professional.Generators should be run outside and at least 10 feet away from a building, with the exhaust facing away from the house. Improperly installed or running generators can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Anyone who suspects carbon monoxide in a home or building is urged to leave immediately and call 911 before calling the state poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

MANCHESTER, N.H. —

Heavy, wet snow caused power outages and disrupted travel Monday in New Hampshire.

In Rindge, the roads leading to Franklin Pierce University were closed Monday evening, cutting the school off from emergency services. The roads have since reopened.

Student Caleb Ikkela said only three freshman dorms had the lights on as of 9 p.m. Monday.

“I know the electric company was here, but it’s still not resolved,” Ikkela said.

More than 56,000 customers were without power in New Hampshire by 6 p.m., a number that grew through the day. As of 10 p.m., Eversource said nearly 65,000 customers were still affected by outages.

Downed trees and power lines contributed to hundreds of outages in Bedford, as well as a fiery scene on Beaver Lane, where a transformer caught fire, shooting flames 5 to 6 feet into the air.

>> Raw video: Bedford transformer catches fire

“Transformers are cooled with a special oil that they keep in there that’s nonconductive,” fire Lt. Corey Fecteau said. “It got overheated, shorted and caught the oil on fire.”

Hundreds of utility crews were working around the state to restore power. Liberty Utilities said it secured additional local line crews, Unitil had crews coming from Canada, and Eversource brought in backup from Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Eversource spokesman William Hinkle said there’s a possibility for more damage through the night from snow piling up on trees. He urged people to be patient while crews deal with dangerous driving conditions.

“We want to thank our customers in advance for their patience as our crews also focus on safety while they work to repair damage and restore power,” Hinkle said.

Visit the following links to view the latest outage maps anytime. Customers without electricity are reminded to report outages to their utility provider at least once daily until power is restored:

A few communities were hit hard by early Monday, including Merrimack, which had 3,000 customers in the dark, and Amherst, which had almost 2,600 customers without power.

>> View updated New Hampshire power outage maps

In Keene, several roads were closed because of downed wires, including portions of Maple Avenue, Hurricane Road, Arch Street, Water Street and Kennedy Drive.

Meanwhile in Sandown, fire crews responded to Fremont Road, where a live wire fell to the ground and was seen shooting sparks.

POWER OUTAGE SAFETY

Anyone who sees downed power lines should call 911. Assume they are still live wires and do not touch them or drive over them. If a line falls on your car, stay in the car until emergency crews arrive.

People are also urged to stay at least 35 feet away from downed lines and anything they fell on.

State fire officials urged those who are at home without power to be cautious when using generators or alternate heat sources.

Officials said residents should only use a generator that has been properly connected to house wiring by a professional.

Generators should be run outside and at least 10 feet away from a building, with the exhaust facing away from the house.

Improperly installed or running generators can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Anyone who suspects carbon monoxide in a home or building is urged to leave immediately and call 911 before calling the state poison center at 1-800-222-1222.