Thousands In Mass. Without Power After Tropical Storm Brings Gusty Winds, Downs Trees
Nearly 140,0000 Massachusetts power customers were without electricity Wednesday morning after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the region.
The storm conditions were "perfect" to bring a lot of of trees down on power lines, Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty said.
"You know, we had a lot of rain — heavy rain at times — and we had some gusty wind conditions — 40 to 50 mile an hour wind gusts, sustained winds anywhere from 20 to 30 miles per hour — and when you put those combinations out there, you certainly do the see the damage that we see in many of these types of storms," Lamberty said.
The National Weather Service reports a wind gust of 61 miles an hour at Boston Logan Airport on Tuesday, and 51 miles an hour at the Worcester airport.
The biggest outages were in Western Massachusetts, but there were also several thousand out in Franklin, Northboro and Auburn.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.