Early News from PSNH on the storm
Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is keeping a wary eye on the weather forecast and preparing for possible power outages as a strong Nor’easter storm is expected to arrive this evening and bring snowfall, gusty winds, and freezing rain across New Hampshire.
The latest forecast is calling for 8-16 inches of snow across the state with freezing rain and sleet mixing in near the Seacoast. In addition to the snow and sleet, winds are expected to pick up overnight and gust up to 40 MPH in some areas. If the forecast holds, these conditions could cause serious damage and result in power outages across the state.
PSNH is closely monitoring the situation. The company is pre-staging line and tree crews in its area work centers across the state and will open its Emergency Operations Center in order to respond to whatever damage the storm causes. In addition to PSNH line crews, some additional contractor line and tree crews have been secured and the company is working to obtain additional sources. A recent merger with Boston-based NSTAR now provides PSNH and other Northeast Utilities electric utility subsidiaries with direct access to additional line workers who, when available, can assist in a restoration effort here.
Be prepared – While electric utilities like PSNH work around-the-clock to restore service when power outages occur, it is also important that families and individuals consider how they will respond. “Our crews and support staff are prepared and ready to respond if outages do occur,” noted Terry Large, PSNH Director – Customer Operations. “It is vital that families and individuals also be prepared.” Large recommended that customers with emergency generators obtain fresh fuel, or other useful supplies. A list of preparedness tips and reminders is posted at www.psnh.com and at www.nh.gov/readynh/.
Generator Safety – Back-up/emergency generators can be very useful around your home or business. But, it’s critical to your safety and the safety of others, including PSNH electrical crews, that they be installed and operated properly. Guidelines are posted on the Safety section of our website.
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