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Strong winds cut power to thousands across New Hampshire

By Jason Schreiber
Union Leader Correspondent

November 01. 2013 12:29PM

Strong winds knocked out power to thousands of residents this morning and are expected to remain gusty throughout the afternoon, forecasters said.

The winds began picking up early this morning, bringing down trees and power lines in several locations around the state.

As of noontime, Public Service of New Hampshire reported 5,976 customers without power. Other outages included 1,209 New Hampshire Electric Co-op customers, 115 Unitil customers, and 92 customers from Liberty Utilities.

Wind advisories were posted for the entire state until early evening for southwest winds of 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

The strongest winds are expected during the afternoon as a front moves through and should begin to ease up after 4 p.m., according to Mike Ekster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Some of the strongest winds are expected to occur in hilly areas and the mountains.

"I continue to expect scattered tree damage and scattered power outages," Ekster said.

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