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This large pine was uprooted in front of a home on Route 25 in Warren, one of the towns hardest hit by storms Sunday night. (BOB HOOKWAY PHOTO)

North Country gets back on track after wild weather

WARREN — Monday was cleanup and repair day in the North Country. Utility crews were a common sight as workers labored to restore power in communities affected by Sunday’s extreme weather.

In Grafton County, Warren was among the towns with the most damage.

“A lot of people were hit hard,” said Larry Casale of Manchester, manager of the Tedeschi’s market in the middle of Warren Village. On Route 25 further south, a large pine missed the home on the same property by inches when the tree fell across the front yard

There were few other signs Monday afternoon that such severe weather had passed through town less than 24 hours earlier. Marcia Sackett, Warren’s emergency management coordinator, said that was due to the usual quick response from town personnel.

“It was all cut up last night,” she said, regarding the downed trees and limbs that had closed off about a half-dozen town roads for a time Sunday.

“The fire department was out with their chain saws last night, helping the road crew. Most everything is opened up again. I think they may still be working on Moses Road now,” Sackett said about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

A lightning strike at Goose Pond in Canaan caused minor injuries to three people, and disabled four vehicles in the parking lot.

Power company outage maps were showing by midday Monday that electricity had been restored to most residences and businesses. Pittsburg reportedly lost 100 percent of its power Sunday.

“Yes, for about four hours,” Cathy McComiskey, secretary to the selectmen, said Monday afternoon.

She said that outage occurred before the storm arrived, and was likely due to a damaged transformer.

“The sun was still shining at that time. We got some rain and thunder later,” she said.

The band of storms that hit New Hampshire around mid-afternoon Sunday as they traveled north were believed to have been part of the same system that struck the Boston area around the same time, knocking down large trees in the Back Bay and Brighton, and creating havoc with the city’s weekend traffic.

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