Governor John Lynch has declared a state of emergency and is dispatching the National Guard after tornadoes formed in Southeastern Belknap County and Northwestern Stafford County shortly before Noon Thursday, causing significant damage in the Barnstead and Alton areas and prompting emergency crews to respond from as far away as Laconia, Bristol and Waterville Valley.
Multiple tornado strikes were reported in Barnstead, Alton and New Durham. The most severe damage occurred in Barnstead, where there were reports of multiple building collapses with individuals trapped along with a fuel tanker overturned and spilling its contents onto Route 126. Reports of individuals trapped in cars by downed live electrical wires also came in from Alton.
I am still trying to reach family I have in that area.