The power is back! We lost power, internet and phone for 27 hours. Not bad considering how many people lost power and are still without it. The generator made life basically normal for our family. We were very lucky compared to so many people. So many people have lost so much. New Hampshire as a whole just lucked out. On the seacoast of all places the storm basically passed us over. My storm photos are nothing amazing as not much happened – just interesting tidbits from around the area.
Even where there was power, the storm knocked out communications. Not that I would be going through a drive through in a major disaster, but its something to remember. Even if a store or gas station is open they won’t be taking credit cards.
I have no idea how the City of Dover had a crane on standby the day of the hurricane, but they were quick to have the road cleared out and the tree removed from the top of this house.
Our full-time Fire Department is excellent. After the tree was removed they brought around the ladder truck and actually sealed up the the hole in the house with plastic. Hardly a firefighters job, but it is so awesome that they would help someone like this. Just knowing your house is good for a few weeks until you can find someone to repair it is worth its weight in gold.
Pre-storm a local company paid up front to have a generator truck brought on site and hooked up. Way in the background they wired up the truck to the electric panel. Its just cool to see how much work they put in to have this on standby. My guess is they are now shopping for a more permanent generator.
On the beach before the storm, in the middle of the calmest day of the season, there was free parking as they had tarped up the automated parking meters to protect them for the expected surf. So long simple meters, hello complex payment systems to maximize profit.