Saturday November 3, 2012

PSNH completes restoration of power

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Public Service of New Hampshire officials say power has now been restored to all 137,000 customers affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The state’s largest utility brought in 80 crews from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Missouri to help with the work.

PSNH officials say restoration efforts got a critical boost Wednesday with the arrival of 75 crews from Canada’s Hydro Quebec.

Sandy caused the fourth highest number of outages in PSNH’s 86-year history. With power fully restored in New Hampshire, PSNH sent 42 crews to Connecticut Friday to aid restoration efforts in that state -- where 200,000 customers are still without power.

Mass. lends a hand to N.Y. after Sandy

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts is lending a hand to states hard hit by superstorm Sandy as life returns to normal in the Bay State.

Gov. Deval Patrick authorized the state Emergency Management Agency to send eight members of the National Guard to New York. They will be stationed in Queens, N.Y., where they will assist in the storage and distribution of equipment and supplies.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced that volunteers from the city’s Office of Emergency Management will fill logistics and planning positions at New York’s Emergency Operations Center, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families employees will help run an emergency shelter.

About 1,000 National Grid customers were without power at mid-day Friday. NStar reported a return to normal operations earlier. Nearly 400,000 customers were without power at the storm’s peak.

N.H. revenues $9M above estimates

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire’s revenues for October came in nearly $9 million above estimates, putting the state in the black for the year. Taxes on business, tobacco, hotel room rentals and restaurant meals were above projections for the month. Liquor revenues were below estimates.

The state took in almost $116 million for the month and is $6 million -- about 1 percent -- above estimates for the fiscal year.