Power outages add to heat wave discomfort

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July 7, 2010, 6:41 am
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(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, South Boston, Mass.) - The results of the current heat wave has put pressure on the power grid, causing outages across New England.

An entire block on Boston St. in South Boston was without power overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, which made for an uncomfortably hot night. NSTAR crews brought power back online at about 4:30 Wednesday morning. The company said power outages were popping up in pockets across the state.

There were similar issues across New England on Tuesday. At its peak in Rhode Island about 12,000 customers were without power, including two hospitals which were forced to switch to a backup generator.

In Connecticut, the power went out at a nursing home where about 120 people live -- they were all okay.

To help reduce power use:

Close shades and blinds to block the sun
Set the air conditioner to a higher temp
Limit use of major appliances
Turning off lights when not in the room

Tags: Jennifer Eagan, power outages, heat wave
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