Slowly New Hampshire is looking more and more normal each and every day. Once again the Blue Jays and Chickadees visit my window, keeping me company as I write my articles. All around me is the audible drip drip drip of melting ice and snow. However, there are still problems hidden beneath the seemingly normal looking exterior. Many residents are still without power and trees still continue to snap and fall. PSNH has reported that they still have over five thousand customers without power, most of which are in Rockingham County. To track their statistics and see how your county is fairing go to http://www.nhec.com/oms.php. According to the Morning Buzz, a local radio talk show, the National Guard has been dispatched to Washington New Hampshire to assist in repairing damages there since the entire town is without power. And once again Governor John Lynch has called in FEMA to assist. Although I personally believe, based on the states past experiences with FEMA, that this will be a fruitless venture.
According to WMUR two people in Rindge and five people in Windham have been taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning caused by improper use of generators. Another man died in his camper from carbon monoxide poisoning after placing a generator too close to the structure. I know that everyone wants to stay warm and keep their electric going but is a life really worth a small, inconsistent glimmer of electricity? Instead I would recommend heading to one of the many shelters the state has set up. For a complete and updated listing of these go to http://www.wmur.com/weather/18262625/detail.html . According to WMUR these shelters now have well over 10,000 beds. They also stated that the governor is making rounds to these shelters with his wife to check on everyone. Or, if you really want to use a generator, place it far away from your home and far away from windows and doors. Never place the generator in an enclosed garage or basement as carbon monoxide can creep through cracks and into your home. Also purchase carbon monoxide detectors that will warn you if this invisible killer is in your home. Should your detector go off or should you feel ill at any given point call 911 and then proceed out of your house as quickly as possible. Fresh air will keep you and your family alive until medics can arrive.
As for schools, many are still closed in the Rockingham and Sullivan County areas as there is no power with which to operate. For a complete listing of all the schools that remain closed please go to http://www.wmur.com/closings/index.html . The exact number, according to WMUR, is 111!! This has also got me wondering. As all my readers and all of the local residents know, from last years record breaking storms, missing school can lead to a loss of summer vacation. This past summer vacation failed to start until the very beginning of July. Then it proceeded to rain for the majority of the summer. School then went back into session at the end of August. This left the kids with basically no break whatsoever. Is this winter going to be a repeat of this past one? I truly hope not.
That brings me to some more morbid news for New Hampshire residents. According to WMUR we are expected to go into yet another major storm event starting tonight around midnight and going into noon tomorrow. This event is expected to bring 3-5 inches of snow as well as sleet. As of 1pm today there are 2 severe storm warnings posted for Southern parts of the state, which include Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties. If this doesn’t sound bad enough, WMUR is also predicting another storm front moving in Friday night and into Saturday and a third storm front moving in Sunday into Monday.
As usual, Doc’s thoughts are with all of you. If anyone needs some help or just a shoulder to cry on feel free to message me. I’m always here for you. Just remember to check on your elderly or disabled neighbors. They may need a hand and could be silently suffering. It is the best anyone can do right now. Also make sure to take it easy on the roads. The ice and sleet on top of the leftover ice from this past storm can make for dangerous driving conditions. One last point to remember is that the trees are saturated with moisture from the ice melting. Also, some trees are weak from carrying their heavy burden of ice. These two points combined with the upcoming storms snow load can cause further tree related problems. Keep that in mind when driving or when at home. If you hear cracking sounds put a lot of distance between you and the trees as quickly as possible. Avoid walking and driving in heavily wooded areas during the upcoming storms. Most importantly stay smart, stay warm and stay safe.
To view Doc’s other articles on the storm go tohttp://www.associatedcontent.com/slideshow/10074/storm_of_the_century_cripples_central.html?cat=8 , http://www.associatedcontent.com/slideshow/10187/storm_of_the_century_cripples_central.html?cat=8 and http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1296872/severe_storm_cripples_central_new_hampshire.html?cat=8