The Weather Outside is Frightful.....4 Storms in 10 Days!

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Verani Realty

Just when you think that the weather can only improve - Mother Nature hits with a 1-2-3-4 punch.

Pawtuckaway Lake   c j tuscanoHere in New Hampshire we have been under the gun since the ice storm that hit and crippled our electrical grid on December 11, 2008 leaving nearly 400,000 homes without power.

Electrical workers from all over the country and Canada responded to help get our state back up and running. Well, since then, as these brave men and women worked 17 hours a day, we have been hit with three seperate snow events.

The first snowfall of  our winter season came on the 17th while still over 100,000 were without power. We had several inches of the white stuff fall but the workers never lost their stride.snowfall 2008  c j tuscano

Then we were warned that we would receive a second snowfall on the 19th. We received up to a foot of snow in some regions still reeling from the ice storm but the work continued though slowed a bit. There were about 40,000 still without power at this point and some of them started to turn ugly, fueled by their frustrations regarding the lack of communication by officials from the power companies.

Next we prepared for the third punch starting the morning of the 21st ( at this point about 25,000 were still without power and some were expected to lose power again from the impending storm) and ending after dumping 12 - 18 additional inches of snow across the area and followed by gusting winds.

Through it all the line workers continued to work the task at hand. There are reports that power may not be fully restored until the new year but these people push forward regardless of the weather.

We lost power last night as the winds started to pick up in the aftermath of the storm. I called my electrical supplier and reported the outage. They gave me an estimated time of 4:22am for the line to be repaired. I opened my eyes at 5:10am and the lights were restored!

Good work! Thanks to those who work so hard in the elements to keep us comfortable. We may want to rethink who we admire as heros. I think these people deserve a medal!

 If you enjoy snow and all the activities connected to it - the conditions here are great so come and visit our beautiful snow laden state.


Judy Tuscano, REALTOR

Your NH Real Estate Professional

Prudential Verani Realty

603-498-2263 cell phone


Comments (9)

Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

You were lucky.

I was without power to 8 days and many in my town are still without today. PSNH and Unitel  both have a lot to answer for.

In the year 2008 for people to freeze in their homes is unacceptable. I know many of the workers busted their humps to restore power to those without but I believe the process was mismanaged from the get go.

During the outage Twitter was my only means of communication and I followed #Icestorm2008 and @PSNH to find out what was happening. It's amazing how big a role Twitter played during the outage for many local NH people. Let's hope our power stays on...we lost ours last night again and I immediately sent a tweet to @psnh and they responded within minutes telling me what was happening.

I still feel cold.

Dec 22, 2008 12:23 PM
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

Moni - I feel so bad for those still without power and those who waited so long for restoration. Indeed the electric companies do need to communicate better with their customers but my point is that the workers on the lines worked 17 hours a day in snow, ice and cold without letting up. I think they deserve our respect and heartfelt thanks for doing what needed to get done. It is a risky business working on electrical wires never mind adding in the inclement weather conditions.

Apparently our electrical grid was a real mess to start and they had to unravel it to get it back up and running. I had heard that there was great concern that this type of disaster might happen and so it did. Perhaps if the people in charge had made the problems public there would have been more cooperation all around. I'm glad to hear you are "in the know" on how to get attention for this issue.

Dec 22, 2008 02:31 PM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Judy, We feel like it is really cold here in San Antonio but the temperatures have not fallen to freezing yet.  LOL.  My daughter lives in Portland Oregon and they are snowed in.  I hope your power stays on.

Dec 22, 2008 03:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Judy I bet your heart stopped when the power went off again?  Glad that it came back quickly!!!!

We have also be hit with the same snow storms, and even though we got a lot of snow it was less then you guys.  I hope you are able to keep warm and safe through the Holidays.

Dec 23, 2008 04:28 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

I agree Judy the workers in the street worked their butts off to help restore power. I am thankful for them but this crisis should never have gotten to the degree it did. I think the powers to be should have done something a lot sooner. Now we'll all have to pay for it. Our rates will increase dramatically. Still today about 7000 people have no power in NH..I think that is unacceptable. 


Dec 23, 2008 05:42 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Judy - the crews, both tree crews and line crews, have done a tremendous amount of work.  I know those still without power have been pushed to their limits, and I don't blame, however all those crews, both those from here in NH and those from various parts of the country who've come to help, have done tremendous work given what they had to cope with.  The utility companies will hopefully be learning a whole lot from all that has gone on, and my hope is that no one has to go through again what so many did and are still going through/

Merry Christmas,

Dec 23, 2008 11:34 AM
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

Shirley - The power outages continue here in NH. There remain several thousand homes without power. We have ours and are grateful.

George - We are warm now and even the outage we got since only lasted a few hours. We are used to nasty weather here as I'm sure you are in NY. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Moni - I agree with your thoughts about the management of the electric providers. They have know this type of disaster would happen someday and rather than fix it before it broke they waited until it actually broke. They also have need of stepping up and taking responsibility and being honest with their customers.

Ann - You got that right.

Dec 25, 2008 11:37 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

One positive note:  the blanket of snow sure is beautiful!  It makes everything look so fresh and clean.  Your pictures are beautiful!

Dec 29, 2008 03:09 AM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

I hope the weather has gotten better. The pictures are great. Stay warm and have a great 2009.

Jan 26, 2009 03:09 AM