Tens of thousands of people remain without power in Massachusetts in the wake of the powerful nor'easter that brought hurricane-force wind gusts and coastal flooding.
According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's outage map, more than 140,000 customers were without power just before 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
State emergency management officials have requested the Civil Air Patrol conduct aerial photography of the state's coastline to help direct recovery efforts. The hard-hit town of Scituate was planning to deploy a small drone to help assess coastal damage.
Fifteen shelters and four warming centers are open in Massachusetts, though officials say some currently have no occupants.
Many residents may not get power back until midweek:
State environmental officials have suspended certain permitting and certification requirements so coastal communities can more quickly repair damaged infrastructure.
With reporting from The Associated Press
This article was originally published on March 04, 2018.