Jul 19, 2016 8:00 PM

Microburst with 90 mph winds rips through Plaistow and nearby NH communities

PLAISTOW — A microburst that ripped through the town on Monday afternoon left residents to clean up the extensive damage the storm left behind.

The National Weather Service surveyed the damage Tuesday morning and determined a microburst approximately 2 miles wide and 1.6 miles long with 80 to 90 mile an hour winds struck the town at about 3 p.m. Monday.

The officials also reported the storm damaged several structures and snapped or uprooted hundreds of trees in the area between Routes 108 and 125, primarily around the area of Forrest Street.

“It looked like a warzone,” said Larry Hutchins, who was driving to Plaistow on I-495 when the microburst hit. “There was debris all over the place. I’m happy I’m here and I’m happy nobody got hurt.”

The microburst also damaged utility poles and brought down wires. However, no injuries related to the storm have been reported.

Utility crews worked overnight and into the early afternoon to restore power to the hundreds that lost it during the storm. Power was returned to nearly every customer by Tuesday evening.

The microburst left the most damage near the intersection of Route 108 and Forrest Street, and it appears to have traveled north toward Timberlane Road.

Roads and driveways were mostly cleared on Tuesday, but trees and large limbs remained on or along power lines and in residents’ yards. They fell on cars, houses and other structures, like trampolines — damaging anything in their path.

Residents were still busy on Tuesday cleaning up the mess.

“One of the cars got hit from way up top and landed on the car,” said Al DeRosa, who was still cutting trees that had fallen in his property the previous afternoon. “We had a half a dozen trees that went down and we had to clear the driveway. I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I will eventually. It takes a lot of energy.”

DeRosa and his family were at a local donut shop when the microburst hit. He and his neighbors said the storm did its damage in a very short amount of time.

“The storm moved through pretty quickly,” said Donnie Sexton, who was cutting up a large pine tree that destroyed his family’s trampoline when it uprooted. “It came through in what felt like two minutes, not even. All the trees were bending over, and the rain was insane.”

Roads throughout the quiet neighborhood were cleared by Tuesday evening, but crews were still working to fix power lines and restore power to the customers who lost it.

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