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Widespread Power Outages Affect Communities North of Boston

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National Grid is investigating the cause of an outage that knocked out power to more than 44,000 of its customers north of Boston for several hours Friday morning.

A utility spokeswoman says the problem first reported at about 7 a.m. Friday originated in an Everett substation, but the exact cause is not known.

The outages were concentrated in Malden, Medford and Everett, with virtually the entire city of Medford out, causing delays on the MBTA's Orange Line.

Some 1,000 customers also lost power in Everett Friday afternoon, but National Grid said that outage was unrelated to the morning one.

National Grid has almost 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts.

This article was originally published on May 29, 2015.

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