The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on July 25, 2008 · 8
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The Boston Globe FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008 Woman killed as violent storm twists through N.H. A8 The Region STORMS Continued from PageAl without electricity. Some residents could be without power and water for several days. The unusually severe weather, which battered a narrow area east and northeast of Concord with torrential rains and widespread lightning, caused flooding, littered the ground with debris, and left many roads impassable, displacing residents from their homes and delaying emergency responders. "We're at sixes and sevens here," said Carol Locke, an assess ing clerk who was answering phones at Town Hall in Barnstead, which was among the hardest-hit towns. There's power lines down, houses have collapsed, and mobile homes tipped over." Governor John Lynch declared an emergency in five counties and called in the National Guard to help in the recovery. "This was a highly destructive storm, causing a tremendous amount of damage in a short period of time," he said at an evening press conference at emergency management headquarters in Concord. Un 8g4d SwnMMig TogMW Advertising Correction Notice There is an error on page 7 of this week's Lowe's flyer. The Whirlpool Washer (item 216341) was incorrectly tagged with a Duet Steam logo. This washer does not have a steam feature. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to you, our valued customer. O 2008 by LcrweX- I nfpti rwanM lorn and TO gttH qatmw3 irrtanwv of IF. U.C More than 100 state and federal agencies were involved in the response in New Hampshire. Authorities are monitoring potential flooding of the Connecticut River, the Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, and the Saco River. The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to assess the damage this morning. In Epsom, winds blew a house 75 feet from its foundation. "This is just a straight line of damage," State Police Colonel Frederick Booth said, estimating that 100 houses were damaged. "When it's all said and done, it'll probably be more than that." Michael Cempa, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said it appears that a tornado had struck the area. "Everything we see suggests it was a tornado," he said. Cempa said a National Weather Service group will also investigate reports of a second possible tornado in the Wolfeboro area. The rain was expected to subside overnight with the possibility of scattered showers this morning. The afternoon was expected to be dry. Tornadoes are rare but not unprecedented in the region, with one or two touching down in New Hampshire and Maine every year, meteorologists said. I ; :t a. 1 v ' v . .. ESSDRAS M SUAREZGLOBE STAFF This was all that remained of the house on Sleepy Hollow Road in Deerfield where Brenda J. Stevens died yesterday. She was with her husband and a 3-month-old baby. 4- . 1 i 10 Hat au. mm i & Mi Linr I - - t J : i The National Weather Service confirmed yesterday that a small tornado set down in Rhode Island and traveled about 4 miles into Massachusetts Wednesday, damaging houses and knocking down trees and power lines. No injuries were reported. "I knew within the first five minutes of receiving calls it was a very serious incident," said Christopher M. Pope, New Hampshire's director of emergency management and homeland security. In Epsom, Karen Dail was in her barn shoeing her horse when the storm came. "My husband is from Texas and always says, 'If the sky turns green, there's a tornado coming,' " she said. "When we looked out, it was getting green, and you could see a funnel. "You could see the clouds twisting on the road," Dail said. ". . . Kayaks were hanging like kites in the woods". In Barnstead, Craig Obreno-vich, 18, rushed his 11-year-old sister and 9-year-old brother into the basement as soon as he heard the roar of the storm. "All I could see was rain, and it was dark, and then it started whistling," he said. Five minutes later, he emerged to a chaotic, debris-strewn landscape. Emergency crews worked to clear roads blocked by downed trees and power lines. "We're cutting hand paths so we can go down on the highways," said Shawn Mulcahy, deputy fire chief in Barnstead. "Many of our smaller roads are blocked with huge trees, power lines, broken poles, and debris taller than a person," Mulcahy said. Mulcahy said some residents would not have power or water for days. Millions of children in developing countries are suffering with cleft lip and palate. Condemned to a lifetime of pain and suffering. The good news is virtually all of these children can he helped. The Smile Train provides life changing free cleft surgery which takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250. It gives desperate children not just a new smile but a new life. i d $250 Surgery for one chilli. ' CJ $125 Half the cost of one surgery. iMr.AWMs. I AiMrrss 'City ... - . . . .... D $ 50 Medications for one surgery. 3 $ We'll gratefully accept any amount. State Zi,, Tt'lrpliont' - Chargr my gift I" my credit canl: Account No. ... . -. eMail Visa MasterCard Signature I Plrnse wnd check to: riAMEX Discover F,xp. Date NO8071118NQAY02 I The Smile Train-Dept.M'I'R 1 P.O. Box 2.$1 ! Washington, DC 2t)(Wt)-62:$l OP SmileTrain I :li:ntu n Vt.rlil Om suL Vl IW. STATE OF EMERGENCY The governor of New Hampshire declared a state of emergency in Strafford, Belknap, Carroll, Merrimack, and Rockingham counties. Two tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather & Service. 1 CARROLL.- ' (89; VERMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE BELKNAP ? NewDurharfif Barnstead MERRIMACK Concord ) : Tornado 'warning at t 12:34 p.m ) " MAINE i . Tornado P? warning ! at - ' 11:46 a.m. V STRAFFORD Epsam Deerfield t ? Manchester ROCKINGHAM'' -v. 93J 20 MILES SOURCE: ESRI. TeleAtlas. USGS The town had created an emergency center and shelter for people displaced from their homes. The 1 1 New Hampshire communities affected were Deerfield, Epsom, Freedom, Ossipee, Wolfeboro, Alton, New Durham, Barnstead, Northwood, Candia, and Deering. In Epsom, Bob Blodgett, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said the close-knit town was a scene of devastation. "You couldn't believe only one person lost their life," he said from an elementary school that is serving as a temporary shelter. "It looked like somebody had a 200-foot mowing machine that cut the trees right off." After watching the storm coverage on television, Maye Hart rushed back to her Epsom neighborhood. "I can see the roof, and it's still there, but about three doors down, it looks like the house collapsed," she said. In Barnstead, Shawn and Melissa Williams could not make f MASSACHUSETTS ... fJy 0AIGO FUJIWARAGLOBE STA it to their home to see the damage. A neighbor told them that several trees were down in the yard and that about four trees had crashed into the neighbor's house. "It's a real tragedy. All you have to do is look around," said Deputy Fire Chief Rodney Boyd. In Massachusetts yesterday, 2 to 3 inches of rain fell, and hail and strong winds hit Springfield and Holyoke, according to National Weather Service reports. In Saugus, eight to 10 houses on Hesper Street were evacuated at 7:30 last night because "a large retaining wall on Hitching Hill Road had started to collapse," said police Lieutenant David Putnam. No one was injured, and no houses were damaged as of last night, he said. Milton J. Valencia, Stephanie Ebbert, and Martin Finucane of the Globe staff and Globe correspondents Jeannie M. Nuss, Gabrielle T. Dunn, and Benjamin Paulin contributed to this report. 'I ran inside, grabbed my kid, and ran downstairs' Donate online: www.smilelrain.org or call: 1-H77-543-7615 Healthy Diet During Pregnancy Can Help Prevent Birth DetecH And Clefls. 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For more mtormation vtslt www.SmileTrain.org The Smile tan is a Ml (qcl) ranprott fecoijrved by the IRS. and all donations to The Smile Tram are tax-deduct i accordance with US regulations O 2008 The Smile Train, By Milton J. Valencia GLOBE STAFF and Christopher J. Baxter GLOBE CORRESPONDENT BARNSTEAD, N.H. - Some described the green sky that is often spoken of in tandem with tornadoes. Others said it was just dark, that all they could see was rain and that they heard the roar of the wind with a whistle that hinted there was something more sinister about thus storm. "I've never seen anything like it, myself," said John Simpson of Georgetown Drive in Barnstead. "I was standing outside when I saw it come through. I ran inside, grabbed my kid, and ran downstairs." Residents from throughout central New Hampshire emerged from their basements yesterday and found their neighborhood in ruins. If their house was not damaged by downed trees and utility poles, their neighbor's was. A Deerfield resident, Brenda J. Stevens, 57, died when the house she was in collapsed. Twelve others in the area were injured. Simpson, whose home was spared damage but was surrounded by branches, traveled the neighborhood along Locke Lake and found houses smashed by treetops that broke so clean from the force of the wind they looked as if they had been cut by a chain saw. A tree went through the roof of one home. From Epsom to Northwood to Alton, it was much of the same. Tornado-like winds cut utility poles in two. Power lines were scattered along state highways. Some trailer homes were overturned, and others were crushed. Residents had to move trees to get down the street, and in some cases, to enter their homes. Kyle Goyette, 18, of Richie Street in Deerfield helped a friend cut down a tree in the driveway. Authorities set up shelters in Alton and Epsom for families who were displaced because of water or power loss. Holly Forsgren of Northwood took advantage of the shelter at Epson Central School to ensure the safety of her two daughters and because she depends on a medical device that requires electricity. When the storm hit, Forsgren was at home with her daughters and thought it was just another storm, "but then it got real intense" she said. "There was a feeling right before whatever it was that touched down in the field you could almost feel it on your skin and then it went quiet," she said. "And then some sort of cloud touched down and went right back up, like it was skipping rope. "It's like it jumped our house," she said. "It's a miracle we're OK." mmi v-iinfmi iM.I.'Mir.iit I i t v 1 1 ' ft 1 v , I t m ,

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