Overnight Storm Causes Power Outages In Eastern Mass. Thursday

Utility crews worked to restore power to thousands of customers Thursday after a line of violent overnight thunderstorms across southern New England.

National Grid spokeswoman Mary-Lean Assad said power restoration could take a while.

“Sometimes it takes a long time to repair damage, because the tree limbs have to be removed before the wire can be restored and power can be restored,” Assad told WBUR’s Newscast Unit.

By 3:45 p.m., National Grid reported more than 1,300 customers without power and Eversource reported just under 1,900 customers without power.

With unseasonably high temperatures in the low 60s in some areas, the winds that gusted up to 75 miles per hour knocked down tree limbs, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The MBTA said a tree limb that fell on a track delayed morning trains on the Worcester/Framingham commuter rail line.

With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press

This article was originally published on February 25, 2016.



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