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Powerful thunderstorms trigger flash floods, lightning strikes

Severe thunderstorms crossed the state Monday, triggering flash flood warnings across New Hampshire.

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The areas under a flash flood warning included southeastern Grafton County, northwestern Hillsborough County and southern Carroll Country until 6:45 p.m. Flash flooding was reported in parts of Cheshire County.

Several roads in Westmoreland were closed because of flooding, including Route 63. Nearby residents said it’s not unusual for the road to flood, but other roads were also experiencing flooding and deterioration.

The state activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the flash flooding in Cheshire County. Gov. Chris Sununu urged residents to use caution and not drive through flooded roadways.

The storms also brought lightning across the state. Gilmanton officials said lightning could be to blame for the Town Hall computers being down.

Town workers said they heard a loud boom around lunchtime, but it’s not clear if lightning struck the building. Firefighters responded but didn’t find where lightning might have hit.

The town’s router and modem were out, and the town clerk and tax collector were unable to register vehicles. The office had to be closed for the night.

“Oh, it definitely could’ve been worse,” town administrator Heidi Duval said. “I don’t want to jinx anything, but this building has burned down a few times, so we are always concerned when something like that happens.”

Town offices are normally closed on Tuesdays, and officials said they hoped to have everything back to normal by Wednesday.

Previous updates are below:

UPDATE, 4:25 p.m. — The areas under a flash flood warning include southeastern Grafton County, northwestern Hillsborough County and southern Carroll Country until 6:45 p.m. The flash flood warning remains in effect for southwestern Sullivan County and western Cheshire County until 5:30 p.m. Flash flooding has been reported in parts of Cheshire County.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m. —

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