Sandy toppled trees, damaged roofs, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and tossed boulders onto shorefront roads in Massachusetts but the storm spared the state from the widespread damage it caused in the mid-Atlantic.
A spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency says assessment teams are fanning out to determine where the worst damage was done. There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.
By morning, the winds died down and there were some breaks in the clouds between showers, but nearly 300,000 customers of major Massachusetts utilities remained without power.
The MBTA resumed normal service at 5 a.m. Tuesday but warned commuters that there would be delays due to downed trees and power lines.
Dozens of shelters opened, but less than 200 people took advantage of them. Nick Guarda, a Red Cross shelter manager at Durfee High School in Fall River, said 17 or 18 people showed up, but went home when their power came on and just one person stayed overnight.