What causes power outages in New Hampshire?


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In New Hampshire, wind and snowstorms are the most common causes for large power outages. In addition to wind and snowstorms, power outages can occur due to flooding, tornadoes, animals and construction or vehicle accidents.

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Eversource is New England's largest power supply company and consistently strives to keep the public up-to-date and safe when power outages occur. Residents visiting the Eversource website can find outage maps and reports. On these reports, specific towns in New Hampshire are monitored to show how many people are without power at any given time. To remain current, this information is updated every 15 minutes.

New Hampshire residents should make sure to prepare an emergency kit before power outages occur. Residents should always have flashlights ready in case of a power outage; it is not recommended to use candles due to the fire hazard. Wise citizens only keep one light in the house turned on while the power is out to notify them when the power has come back on. If it is a prolonged power outage, it's best to refrain from opening the refrigerator to prevent food from spoiling; after 24 hours it's advised to throw all the food out. Officials advise citizens to decrease or eliminate unnecessary travel as much as possible; traffic signals don't work during an outage, creating traffic congestion.

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