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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:15 pm

Crews with Public Service New Hampshire will be working throughout the day to restore power to about 130,000 customers throughout the state.

In the Monadnock Region, customers without power ranged from 4 or 5 percent in a handful of towns to as high as 89 percent in Greenfield, according to PSNH’s outage map.

Just over 10,000 residents were without power in the region as of 10 a.m. today. The company has not announced any estimated time for when all the power will be restored, but crews generally work first on problems affecting the most customers.

Keene had about 600 customers without electricity.

In Hancock, about 847 customers, or 82 percent, were without power as of this morning, with most of the outages caused by trees that fell on power lines.

Much of the town lost power Monday night, and the fire and emergency operations center worked off a generator all night, Hancock Fire Chief Tom Bates said.

Still, Sandy passed over the town without extensive damage.

“I don’t think we were hit as hard here as the other areas ... We were just lucky in that respect,” Bates said.

The department didn’t have any rescue calls or residents reporting extensive damage or injuries because everyone seemed to prepare for the storm appropriately.

“People paid attention,” he said. “They heeded the warnings.”

Just over 75 percent of PSNH customers were without power in Nelson, but the storm didn’t bring much damage to that town, either.

Nelson Fire Chief Richard J. Lothrop said his department worked with the town highway department to clear fallen trees so electric crews could get to work on damaged power lines.

Calls were scattered throughout the town, with the highest number coming in about 7:30 or 8 p.m., and the damage was fairly usual for a windy storm, Lothrop said.

u For a complete listing of power outages by town, go to www.psnh.com/outages.

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