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Public Works: Forecast calls for heavy rain, sustained high winds, and icy roads

The Department of Public Works is actively tracking and preparing for a major storm that could impact the area Thursday night, Friday, and Saturday morning.

Heavy rain and high winds may break tree branches, bring down power lines, and cause extended power outages heading into the holiday weekend. Meteorologists warn that a front crossing the state could lead to wind gusts over 45-50 mph.

“Our team will treat this storm like all major weather events,” said Lisa Clark, Public Works. “Crews will be out as needed. We recommend staying off the roads as much as possible to avoid hazards and prevent interference with clean up.”

In a recent social media post, Eversource said crews are preparing to respond to power outages quickly and safely. Eversource President of NH Electric Operations Doug Foley said crews from as far away as Texas, Virginia, and Canada will be arriving to assist.

The Eversource Storm Preparedness webpage details steps you can take before, during, and after a storm to be safe and prepared. It also includes a sign-up to receive power outage text alerts, a searchable outage map, and a storm safety checklist. Visit www.eversource.com to learn more.

To report a road obstruction to the Department of Public Works, the public is encouraged to call (603) 332-4096, during regular business hours. For off hours, contact Dispatch at (603) 330-7127. Visit www.rochesternh.gov/subscribe to sign up for e-alerts.

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