Preparedness & Recovery

On Halloween, Massachusetts Power Outages Topping 120,000

An intense storm from Sunday night into Monday morning stripped power from an estimated 320,000 customers across the state.

by Kristin LaFratta, MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass. / October 31, 2017

(TNS) - More than 120,000 customers across Massachusetts are still without power Tuesday morning as communities prepare for Halloween.

An intense storm from Sunday night into Monday morning stripped power from an estimated 320,000 customers across the state, reported the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The storm brought howling winds and flash flooding to some areas, ripping off tree limbs and toppling utility poles. By Monday afternoon, the number of customers without power fell to 266,000.

By 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, 123,377 customers were still without power, according to a reported outages map by MEMA. Eversource and National Grid, two major providers of electric power, are expected to take up to 48 hours and 72 hours, respectively, to restore power.

"This is expected to be a multi-day restoration effort and power may not be restored to homes for another one to three days, or longer," MEMA wrote in one tweet. The agency encouraged families without power to stay with family, friends, niehgbors or with their local overnight shelters or warming centers.

Some of the most intense outages occurred in Essex County and along the border with New Hampshire. A map shared by MEMA shows in North Andover, Topsfield, Amesbury and Salisbury, at least 50-75 percent of the towns have no power Tuesday morning.

Every county in Massachusetts still felt some impact of the power loss on Tuesday, though outages are more heavily concentrated in the central and eastern part of the state.

An interactive map updated every 15-30 minutes by MEMA shows the reported outages in every Massachusetts community. Many schools still canceled classes on Halloween day as crews work to restore power in their communities.

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