Tropical Storm Isaias winds caused outages comparable to Sandy and Irene, few reports of structural damage.

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. On Wednesday, workers cleared trees from Hillcrest Road in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurricane Isaias moved up the east coast Tuesday, leaving significant storm damage in the Monadnock region. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/5/2020 4:09:52 PM

Tropical Storm Isaias didn’t deliver the torrential rains it was projected to, but caused widespread power outages as gusts of wind downed trees across the Monadnock region Tuesday.

In one harrowing instance, a large branch of a tree fell on a car as a person drove to work during the storm, Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale said. The branch fell near 48 Elm Avenue at quarter to 10 Tuesday night, he said, deploying the vehicle’s airbags. The driver was evaluated and refused further treatment, Gale said, calling the incident “very, very, lucky in one sense... certainly the situation could have been a lot worse.”

The Antrim Fire Department received six calls for downed trees and wires throughout the storm, he said, and that Goodell Road and West Road remained closed to through traffic midafternoon Wednesday due to downed power lines.

First responders in Peterborough, Hancock, Temple, and Greenfield reported minimal damage to homes but multiple calls for downed trees blocking the road. The Greenfield Fire Department responded to 15 calls over the 18 hours following Tuesday afternoon, public information officer David Hall said, “not the average day” for the force. “We were busy,” he said, mostly with calls of power outages due to downed wires and trees. They were able to respond to medical calls despite the blocked roads. “It may not have been the normal way, but we got there,” he said. A large tree branch landed on a house in Hancock, Fire Chief Tom Bates said.

About 60 Temple homes lost power during the storm, with gusts reaching 47 miles an hour Emergency Management Director John Kieley said, and most remained without power through mid-morning. “Eversource had substantial IT problems during the storm,” Kieley said, and when their reporting system shut down, he forwarded town outage reports via email, following up with pictures of downed wires after investigating damages at dawn. General Miller Highway remained partially closed as of mid-morning, he said. The town’s highway department fortified the town’s infrastructure in advance of the storm, opening up culverts, digging ditches, and applying crushed stone in areas prone to washouts, Kieley said. “If we had got four inches of rain in a short period of time, their preparations would have helped to save a lot of cost and work down the road. Luckily, all that good work will now benefit us going forward,” he said.

Eversource restored power to more than 110,000 customers throughout the state by 11 a.m., at which point 30,000 remained without power. Those numbers rival those from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy and 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene, NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown pointed out, citing a 2014 report. 

 Many people in Peterborough, Rindge, Greenville and New Ipswich, among other towns, reported they were still without power as of press time Wednesday.




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