Augusta, Maine (WiredPRNews.com) — Violent storms hit central New Hampshire, destroying countless homes and killing one woman. The woman was in her house along with her infant grandchild and husband when the storm took her life. Firefighters and police searched door to door for other victims in the area of Northwood Lake.
William Degnan, the Fire Marshall, reported that Brenda Stevens, 57, was killed while her husband and the 3-month old infant were badly injured. Degnan did not provide any details about the infant and the man. According to a spokesman of the State Emergency Management, Jim Van Dongen, other victims were injured due to the violent storm but the total number of victims and the severity of their injuries are still yet to be identified.
The areas closest to the lake were the most affected by the storms, which destroyed and devastated a 25 mile path. Approximately ten homes in the lakeside area suffered serious damages or were completely devastated. Some of the homes were completely blown off of their foundations leaving just a refrigerator or couch among the debris and uprooted trees. Katie Toll, 22, reported that she is in shock after the incident.
Gov. John Lynch announced an emergency in five of counties along and summoned the National Guard to help the families. Shelters were erected in order to give living space to victims. Lynch reported, “It appears that there are at least 100 homes damaged and probably at least a half dozen homes which have been completely destroyed.”
Utility officials have estimated that about 6,000 customers are not getting power as thunderstorms are still continuing and that it might take more time to provide these victims with adequate power.
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