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Powerful Snowstorm Continues to Pummel Parts of the State with Heavy, Wet Snow Causing Damage to the Electric System

Jan 5, 2023

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Hundreds of Eversource crews are working around-the-clock to restore power

MANCHESTER, N.H. (December 17, 2022) – As part of its ongoing emergency response to the mid-December snowstorm that has dropped more than a foot of heavy, wet snow across many parts of the state and created hazardous travel conditions, hundreds of Eversource crews are working around-the-clock to assess system damage and restore power as quickly as safely possible. The storm continues to cause damage to the electric system, with the potential for additional outages remaining until after the storm fully exits the state. The energy company is bringing in hundreds of additional crews, damage assessors and other resources that are arriving throughout Saturday and into Sunday, including shifting other Eversource crews from Connecticut and Massachusetts.  As of 1:30 p.m., approximately 41,000 Eversource customers across New Hampshire are without power.   


“We are still taking on system damage in parts of the state where heavy, wet snow continues to fall, and hundreds of additional crews are coming to New Hampshire to support our restoration effort,” said Eversource President of Electric Operations in New Hampshire Doug Foley. “One of the biggest challenges is dealing with impassable, snow-covered roads, which prevents us from getting into areas where we need to assess damage and make repairs. We thank our customers for their continued patience as our crews deal with those difficult road conditions, and our dedicated employees will work around-the-clock and as quickly as safely possible until power is fully restored across the state.”

Once the slow-moving storm pushes out of the region and conditions begin to improve, Eversource crews will complete their evaluation of the damage to the electric system and provide a global estimated restoration time to customers across various channels. Due to the extent of damage already sustained and difficult travel conditions, restoration efforts are expected to last well into Monday for areas most impacted by the snowstorm – particularly Northern and Western parts of the state.

As of Saturday afternoon, Eversource has restored power to nearly 61,000 customers in New Hampshire since the storm began through remote switching and line crew repairs, responding mainly to outages caused by tree limbs being weighed down onto power lines by heavy, wet snow – some of which froze in the overnight hours, causing even more limbs and branches to come into contact with electric equipment. Extensive tree trimming and removal will be necessary as part of the ongoing restoration efforts and crews will continue responding 24/7 until all remaining customer outages are restored.

The energy company continues to urge customers to stay far away from any downed lines and report them immediately to 9-1-1. Customers are also encouraged to report any outages on or by calling 800-662-7764.

Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2021 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, Eversource is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving nearly 532,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 10,200 homes and businesses in seven communities. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the #1 contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,500 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit

William Hinkle