Chopping breadcrumbs by flashlight. Cooking turkeys on the grill. Watching Netflix on phones.
Many New Englanders were without power — but this was nothing new for the state.
Tens of thousands spent Thanksgiving just as others did in New England when it was first observed in the 17th century: without electricity.
In New Hampshire, more than 133,000 customers were still without power overnight into Friday.
“They’re saying it will be a multiday event,” said Fallon Reed, the assistant operations chief for the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.
In Maine, there were as many as 110,000 customers without electricity on Thanksgiving morning, but milder Turkey Day temperatures allowed for workers to cut that number down by more than two thirds by night’s end: Central Maine Power Co. reported that less than 32,000 customers had no power, while Emera, the state’s second-largest utility company, reported that less than 1,000 customers without electricity after a Wednesday nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow across a dozen Maine cities, WMTW reported.