Power Restoration In Mass. Could Take Days After Overnight Storm
Work to restore power in some Massachusetts communities will take days to complete after an overnight wind and rainstorm hammered the state Wednesday and early Thursday.
In Falmouth, Town Manager Julian Suso said the Cape town needed help from utility crews to reopen major roads around the Woods Hole area.
"We cannot clear trees that are entangled with wires that [have] to await Eversource's arrival," he said, "and as long as the wind speed remains high, there are limitations on Eversource utilizing bucket trucks to clear some of that."
National Grid spokeswoman Christine Milligan said that in many places across eastern Mass., like the South Shore, there's a lot of debris that still needed to be cleared. Milligan added crews were working as safely and quickly as possible to address downed trees and power lines.
As of 7 p.m., there were 113,000 power customers without electricity throughout the state.
By Thursday afternoon, National Grid said work to restore power would take several days, "with the majority of customers restored before Saturday night."
Eversource said 60,000 of its customers in the state remained without power.
"We are working as safely and quickly as we can to get the power back to each and every customers as soon as we can. However, we are not providing a concrete restoration time," Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty said.
At Logan Airport, inbound flights were delayed up to an hour because of the high winds.
This article was originally published on October 17, 2019.