OCTOBER STORM DUMPED RECORD AMOUNTS

by Christian Mower on November 1, 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE BULK OF THE SNOW FROM THIS WEEKEND’S NOR’EASTER FELL ON SOUTH CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE SOUTHERN BORDER AREA BETWEEN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE.

AMOUNTS RANGED FROM A FEW INCHES TO MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF SNOW, DEPENDING ON LOCATION AND ELEVATION.

DAILY AND MONTHLY SNOW TOTAL RECORDS WERE BROKEN IN CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE  – WITH MORE THAN 22 INCHES OF SNOW – AND IN PORTLAND, MAINE – WITH MORE THAN FIVE INCHES OF SNOW. CONCORD’S TOTAL WAS ALSO THE SECOND LARGEST AMOUNT  RECORDED IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD.

NO WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SAYS THE STORM CAUSED THE THIRD LARGEST OUTAGE IN HISTORY, AND OF MONDAY NIGHT IT HAD RESTORED POWER TO MORE THAN 75,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES OUT OF A PEAK OF 237,000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE COMPANY WARNS CUSTOMERS IN SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE – FROM CONCORD TO THE COAST – THAT POWER MAY NOT BE RESTORED FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP SAID IT HOPED TO RESTORE POWER BY MONDAY NIGHT TO NEARLY ALL THE 13,000 CUSTOMERS THAT LOST IT – CONCENTRATED IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE – SAYING INDIVIDUAL OUTAGES WOULD CONTINUE INTO TODAY.

IN MAINE, CENTRAL MAINE POWER COMPANY REPORTED ONLY 2,200 CUSTOMERS REMAINED WITH POWER MONDAY NIGHT SYSTEM WIDE, WITH LESS THAN 10 CUSTOMERS IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY AND SOME IN TOWNS IN YORK COUNTY. A CMP SPOKESMAN SAYS NEARLY 54,000 CUSTOMERS WERE RESTORED IN YORK COUNTY ALONE.