THURSDAY BUSY FOR RESPONDERS AROUND CARROLL CTY.

by Christian Mower on December 9, 2011

THURSDAY’S STORM AND ITS HIGH WINDS KEPT EMERGENCY RESPONDERS BUSY AROUND CARROLL COUNTY, WITH NUMEROUS REPORTS OF DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES.

A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS HE GOT SEVERAL REPORTS OF WIND GUSTS IN THE FIFTIES IN THE VALLEY AREA THURSDAY MORNING.

CONWAY POLICE LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS HIS OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND AMBULANCE CREWS RESPONDED TO A NUMBER OF CALLS ABOUT DOWNED TREES AND WIRES – NONE CAUSED ANY MAJOR CRASHES OR TRAFFIC TIE-UPS – ALTHOUGH THERE WERE REPORTS OF A FEW ROADS BEING CLOSED TEMPORARILY WHILE REPAIRS WERE MADE.

A LARGE STORE SIGN REPORTEDLY WAS BLOWN OVER IN NORTH CONWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 16 AND EASTMAN ROAD.

PERLEY URGED DRIVERS TO SLOW DOWN AND “ARRIVE ALIVE” AS THE COLDER WEATHER CAN CAUSE  PROBLEMS WITH  BLACK ICE.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP SPOKESMAN SETH WHEELER SAYS IT LOOKED LIKE TWO OF THE THREE CIRCUITS COMING OUT OF THE CONWAY SUBSTATION WERE DOWN THURSDAY, BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS AFFECTED. FRIDAY MORNING CO-OP REPORTED LESS THAN A DOZEN CUSTOMERS WERE STILL WITHOUT POWER, IN MOULTONBOROUGH.

A DISPATCHER WITH THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID AS OF MID-MORNING THURSDAY, THERE WERE NEARLY 20 REPORTS OF TREES AND WIRES DOWN AROUND THE COUNTY. NO SERIOUS INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

LATE THURSDAY MORNING PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE REPORTED ABOUT 8,000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER SYSTEM WIDE, INCLUDING ABOUT 60 IN CONWAY, 120 IN MADISON AND 90 IN SANDWICH. THE COMPANY SAYS THERE WERE NO OUTAGES BY FRIDAY MORNING.

IN MAINE, NUMEROUS TREES AND WIRES WERE REPORTED DOWN IN OXFORD COUNTY.