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200K Without Power as Clean-Up Continues

On Thanksgiving day, power outages were a concern as storm clean-up continued across New England.

On Thanksgiving day, the state of New Hampshire dealt with the aftermath of a storm that caused the fourth largest power outage in the state's history, according to Governor Maggie Hassan.

Thursday evening, about 157,000 people remained without power in the Granite State. 

New Hampshire emergency management officials say it could take multiple days to fully restore power. They are working with local entities and the Red Cross to open shelters.

Snow, sleet, wind, and rain caused messy roads on Wednesday- the busiest travel day of the year. Heavy, wet snow caused the surplus of outages by coating and stressing power lines and trees.

Cars crashing into utility poles were also to blame. State police said late Wednesday that poor weather conditions had caused dozens of crashes and hundreds of vehicles to run off the road as a foot of snow piled up in areas of the state.

Close to a foot of snow also piled up in Maine overnight. Around 39,000 were without power Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, around 7,000 Bay State residents remained without power in the evening after nearly nine inches of snow accumulated on the roads. At least half of these outages were reported in Western Massachusetts.

More minor outages were reported in Vermont and Connecticut. 

There's no estimate on when electricity will be restored to Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, or Connecticut.

Companies are urging customers to stay away from downed power lines and to contact them if outages occur. Refer to NECN's emergency resources page if you need assistance.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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