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Strong Winds Cut Power in Upper Valley

Cornish — Several thousand Upper Valley homes lost power following Sunday’s severe wind, though most were back on line by evening.

Cornish was one of the harder hit towns, as all 272 of its residents served by the New Hampshire Electric Co-op were without power at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

At about 11 p.m., Public Service of New Hampshire reported 72 in New London, 19 in Newport and 156 in Cornish, as well as a few others through the valley were without power.

However, Liberty Utilities reported less than 10 outages on the New Hampshire side of the Upper Valley at that time, none of which were in the Cornish area.

Claremont Fire Capt. Tom Belaire said Sunday evening that the city had been fortunate compared to other municipalities, as the fire department had only been on several calls during the day. Besides a small number of downed trees and wires, he said, nothing dire had occurred.

But he was staying vigilant. Earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory for the Claremont area, with winds reaching as high as 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

“It’s still windy out there, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Belaire said.

At 4 p.m., Green Mountain Power reported 951 outages in Fairlee, 641 outages in Hartford as well scattered outages in other Vermont towns. By 5 p.m., there were no more outages listed in Fairlee. By 6 p.m., the company reported only 16 Hartford outages.

and late last night most were back on line.