Storm hits Salem Thursday evening. Courtesy Sean Conway.

May 18, 2017 11:22 PM

Thunderstorms knock out power to thousands of NH residents Thursday night

NH1 Meteorologist

CONCORD - It was a record-breaking Thursday, with temperatures hitting the middle 90s in much of southern and central New Hampshire.

Concord hit 95 degrees during the afternoon, breaking the long-standing record of 90 degrees for the date, set in 1906.

Thunderstorms erupted in the heating of the day in New York and Vermont. These storms moved into New Hampshire during the evening hours of Thursday.

While the storms gradually lost their punch as they moved east, strong winds, lightning and heavy rain battered parts of the state.

As of 11 p.m. Thursday, nearly 9,000 Granite State customers were without power.

Auburn, Goffstown, Surry, and Danville were among the hardest hit towns.

Wind gusts over 50 mph are responsible for knocking down trees and powerlines. Interestingly, most of these strong gusts occurred before the first drops of rain fell. A 'gust front', or strong downdraft of wind out ahead of the main thunderstorm, is to blame.

Northern Grafton county was hit by two severe thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., with wind gusts to 60 mph toppling trees and powerlines in Bath, Littleton and surrounding towns.

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