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Nov 27, 2014 2:58 PM

Granite State hit with 4th largest blackout in history


CONCORD - Utility crews were called in from neighboring states and Canada after more than 200,000 customers were left without electricity in New Hampshire following Wednesday's Nor'Easter.

Public Service of New Hampshire tripled their workforce for Thanksgiving Day.

The central part of the state was hardest hit, with the Keene-area also seeing widespread blackouts.

Downed trees and power lines littered roadways across the state.

Governor Hassan toured the Emergency Operations Center Thursday morning, where she met with officials monitoring the damage.

The state was forced to open shelters for those unable to find a warm spot to spend the holiday.

"People can call 211 to find out where those shelters are and in the meantime we also are asking Granite Staters to check on their friends and neighbors," said Gov. Hassan.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits on Black Friday. While roads are mostly clear of snow, officials urge drivers to take it slow because of icy conditions.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, PSNH reported nearly 160,000 outages. Unitil had more than 10,000, mostly in the Capital Region.


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