Tornado confirmed in N.H. town
Baby's cries lead to child's rescue; infant's grandmother perishes in twister
The Associated Press, July. 25, 2008
The infant's grandmother was killed Thursday in
The body of the grandmother, Brenda Stevens, 57, also was found between the floors, Degnan said.
He said Stevens' husband, Harley, was blown out of the home.
"He was blown out the side of the building and found in the side yard," Degnan said.
Authorities have not released the boy's name.
Neighbors say the couple had been watching the boy while his parents, Harley Stevens' son and his wife, were at work.
Officials estimate that a half-dozen homes were destroyed and 100 damaged as violent storms swept the area.
In Epsom, where some of the worst damage occurred, Fire Chief Stewart Yeaton said his concern Friday was that people not get hurt during the cleanup. He said the risks included the possibility of live wires still on the ground, weakened tree limbs and inexperienced people using chain saws.
"It's still a dangerous situation," he said.
A National Weather Service crew was in the area trying to determine whether the storm was indeed a tornado, as some claimed.
'My life was in here'
Katie Toll's belongings were scattered around her two-story home, which was pushed off its foundation. A bed ended up wrapped around a tree.
"I'm really just in shock," the 22-year-old said. "My life was in here."
Gov. John Lynch declared an emergency in five counties and called up the National Guard to help.
"It appears that there are at least 100 homes damaged and probably at least a half dozen homes which have been completely destroyed," Lynch said after a helicopter tour.
State Fire Marshal William Degnan said Brenda Stevens, 57, was killed in
The weather service had issued a tornado warning, and some witnesses described seeing at least one funnel cloud. One or two small tornadoes touch down in
Pummeled by rain
At home near
"Across the lake, there's a house that's just completely leveled. Gone. You can't even tell what color it was," he said.
Olson said the storm began with pounding rain followed by "a wicked, wicked loud noise like a train or a jet was landing on the roof."
"I'm shaken up, but alive. I guess that's all that matters," said Lise Patrick, 64, who lives by the lake. "All my trees are down. Part of my deck is gone. I can see lawn chairs and furniture floating in the lake."
Downed trees and power lines blocked many roads, delaying emergency responders and utility crews. The storm knocked out power to 6,000 homes and businesses and knocked out telephone service.
The storms also delivered torrential rains to western
"It was raining cats and dogs, and maybe a cow or two," Rumford police dispatcher Tracy Higley said after a downpour in the western mountain town.
The weather service said thunderstorms across much of
Lightning strikes are believe to have caused outages that left 118,000 Bangor Hydro-Electric customers without power Thursday morning. Service was restored to nearly everyone by late morning, utility spokeswoman Susan Faloon said.
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