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Claremont was whacked by Monday storm

Union Leader Correspondent

October 08. 2013 7:52PM

CLAREMONT — A fast moving storm knocked down utility poles and trees in the city Monday night.

“There were a couple of isolated areas where I suspect the wind was in the 40 mile an hour range and that’s where it caused the damage,” Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said Tuesday.

Some emergency responders suspect two microbursts hit the city, but Bergeron said it could just have been high winds. “In both cases trees came down and we had a utility pole broken.”

The west-moving storm hit the city around 5 p.m. Monday, starting with high winds, he said.

“We didn’t notice a lot of thunder, but it was very windy ahead of the rain. We had a couple of trees that came down before the rains started and with the rains the wind seemed to peak,” Bergeron said.

The western part of community lost power for about four hours, he said.

A small section of the northeast corner of the city served by New Hampshire Electric Cooperative did not have its power restored until early morning, he said.

“We had a couple of incidences where trees came down and took service cables off of residences as well as one tree that did damage to a home,” Bergeron said.

Red Water Brook Road, Sullivan Street, Rosita Lane and River Road were the most severely hit, he said.

One incidence caused power to surge back into the city’s fire alarm system, which had to be repaired.

About 100 facilities in town, including schools, factories and the hospital, are part of the system.

Only a quarter were knocked off the system, Bergeron said, and it took about six hours to repair the problem and then confirm all of the facilities were back online.

Bruce Temple, Claremont director of Public Works, said there were road closures Monday night due to down trees and power lines.

“From a Public Works perspective the roads held up and bridges held up,” he said.

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