Wednesday Afternoon Lightning Strike Leaves 9,000 in Haverhill Without Power

A National Grid crew makes repairs during an earlier Ward Hill outage. (WHAV News file photograph.)

A Wednesday afternoon lightning strike that hit a National Grid substation in Groveland has knocked power out to 9,249 customers in Haverhill, the utility company told Mayor James J. Fiorentini just before 4 p.m.

Impacted neighborhoods include Ward Hill, Riverside and portions of River Street. Crews continue to diagnose the issue, Fiorentini said.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Haverhill’s Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro, who also serves as the emergency management director, said a previously issued tornado warning had expired, but warned that several of the city’s intersections were without working traffic lights. Residents are asked to stay off the road when possible and be mindful for flooded roadways. Lights are said to be out in the Water and Main Street area.

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