Northern New England Storms Leave Many Without Power, Spark Tornado

By Stephanie Morales | June 22, 2018

More than 10,000 people were still without power Tuesday, a day after strong winds and rain from storms in northern New England sparked a tornado in New Hampshire and razed a historic barn in Vermont.

Monday afternoon’s thunderstorms in New Hampshire knocked out power to 63,000 residents, felled trees, brought down power lines and sent debris flying in many communities. Three people were displaced after a tree fell on their home in Nelson and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

The state’s largest utility, Eversource, said that nearly 7,000 customers were without power early Tuesday. By the afternoon, that number had dropped to less than 4,000.

In Maine, about 10,000 Central Maine Power customers were without power early Tuesday but that number had dropped to just over 7,000 by the afternoon. Wind gusts upward of 50 miles per hour blew down trees and power lines, according to the National Weather Service. Lightning also caused a fire in a detached garage in Baldwin.

WMUR-TV also said a tornado was reported in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The Weather Service said it confirmed the tornado hit a mostly rural area after it spotted a video of the twister on a hiker’s Facebook page. It was unclear if anyone was hurt.

The Weather Service had issued three tornado warnings in New Hampshire and also dismissed reports that a funnel cloud appeared on the state’s seacoast region.

“The tornado itself was a very weak, small tornado and was in a wooded area, so it could’ve downed some trees or branches,” said meteorologist John Jensenius. “But something like that isn’t going to cause catastrophic damage.”

In Vermont, the storm left several hundreds without power. The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus said a historic barn in Waitsfield believed to be between 150 and 175 years old blew down. No animals or people were injured.

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