updated 6/2/2006 12:38:44 PM ET 2006-06-02T16:38:44

Strong storms moved across New Hampshire on Thursday and early Friday, flooding streets, knocking out power and closing some schools.

Three to four inches of rain fell in some areas in just a few hours. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches were common, prompting a flash flood watch in Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties overnight. Some street flooding was reported.

The downpours came as the state opened four centers to help residents get help repairing damage from major flooding 2 1/2 weeks ago and political leaders fielded telephones during a telethon on the state's major television station.

The centers were to help people file claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and connect with other sources of assistance. In announcing that he would field calls during Friday's daylong telethon on WMUR-TV in Manchester, Lynch acknowledged that federal aid wouldn't be enough for some.

"While FEMA assistance will cover some of our citizens' needs, it likely won't be enough for some of the hardest-hit families," he said.

The National Weather Service said scattered showers continuing into Friday night could bring an additional 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain to southeast New Hampshire and York County in southern Maine. That could flood more streets and low-lying areas.

Still more rain was forecast for Saturday.

The Goffstown area, hit hard by last month's flooding, was in the middle of the downpours. Schools in Goffstown and neighboring Dunbarton and New Boston were closed Friday as some roads were damaged overnight.

Several large pine trees were uprooted in Goffstown, destroying poles, lines and equipment, Public Service Company of New Hampshire said.

The utility said about 3,300 of its customers were without power at one point Thursday night, but the number was down to about 950 late Friday morning.

In Epping, the Epping Middle-High School was closed after a lightning strike damaged its fire alarm system.

WMUR-TV reported that a woman in Pembroke was struck by lightning late Thursday afternoon. She was treated at a hospital and released.

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