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NH Residents Thankful Despite Power Outages

Tens of thousands of people were forced to improvise for this year's Thanksgiving dinner



    More than 100,000 Without Power in NH

    (Published Friday, Nov. 28, 2014)

    Shelters are open across the state of New Hampshire with food, water, coffee, and even showers if people just need to stop in before work.

    Despite damaging weather, families are proving that it's going to take a lot more than a winter storm to disrupt our holiday spirit.

    The snow came down heavy and wet. It toppled trees and sent one right through Lea Atkins' home.

    I didn't know what it was. My husband said it was a tree," said Atkins. "You just think of what could've happen and we're just thankful."

    The downed trees took powers lines with them.

    200,000 customers were left without electricity. The winter blast marks the state's fourth largest outage in history.

    No televisions, no radios, no luxury of a stove or microwave, but Still Families found a way to make it work.

    "I Had two grills working and cooked dinner outside," said Casey Gardiner.

    By evening the temperatures dropped into the teens, so shelters opened across the state. One in Nashua helped a handful of visitors stay warm overnight.

    "For me very important warm place to stay and we don't want clients to have anything happen to their home," said Bao Dang of the Red Cross.

    Tens of thousands of people were forced to improvise for this year's Thanksgiving dinner.

    The humbling situation made Granite Staters especially thankful for the little things that make life so much easier this holiday.

    "It's harder taking a shower," said on child who spent the holiday without power.

    "Snow's beautiful, day's beautiful, my family is here, it's all good," added another New Hampshire resident.

    Utility crews will work day and night through the weekend. PSNH expects it will take until Monday to get everyone back online.

    Shelters and warming centers will stay open as long as necessary.