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Heavy wind knocks over Homeland Security tower on Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain photo courtesy of CBS 13
Sugarloaf Mountain photo courtesy of CBS 13
The communications tower is seen at a distance in this file photo of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Strong winds in northern New England are being blamed for toppling a communications tower and for another tractor-trailer crash.

Officials said the communication tower used by U.S. Homeland Security atop Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain came down Monday amid strong gusts. In a Tuesday news release, Wisconsin-based tower owner TDS Telecom said the tower “hosts several cellular phone carriers, as well as other third-party communication services.”

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“At this time, TDS officials are working a coordinated effort to assess impacts and contact carriers who license facilities on the tower,” the company statement read, in part, noting that wind conditions may continue to prevent company representatives from safely accessing the site until Wednesday.

“The two-story building under the tower site remains operational with power and heat according to data being collected from the unmanned site, but the condition of the building structure is yet unknown,” the statement continued. “Once conditions improve, a full site evaluation will be conducted and plans for tower restoration will begin.”

Check out what the winds did to the communications tower on top of Sugarloaf Mountain today.The anemometer broke before the max wind gust was reached, but it was likely in excess of 100 MPH.

Posted by Keith Carson on Monday, February 25, 2019

Utility workers are still mopping up scattered power outages on a second day of windy weather. The National Weather Service forecasts winds up to 50 mph.

The wind also was blamed for snowdrifts that caused two tractor-trailers to collide Tuesday morning on I-95 near Medway.

On Monday, there were gusts of 61 mph in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and 53 mph in Portland, Maine. And New Hampshire’s Mount Washington recorded a gust of 171 mph, an all-time peak for February.


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