Tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents remain without power Sunday morning after a blizzard pummeled the region with more than two feet of snow and wind gusts up to 90 mph in some areas.
As of 1:00 p.m. Sunday, over 44,000 residents were reporting power outages. Ten hours later, less than 3,500 people remained in the dark -- the majority from the Cape and Islands.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency had warned that the greatest risk for outages was in the eastern part of the state, including Cape Cod and the Islands.
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Eversource said Sunday morning that power had been restored to an additional 50,000 customers since 6 p.m. Saturday, some of whom lost power more than once. Eversource announced that they expected crews from their Connecticut and New Hampshire branches to arrive in Massachusetts Sunday morning to assist with the effort, massing over 1,700 crews overall to restore power to the region. The company said they expected power to be restored everywhere by the end of the day on Monday.
National Grid was responding to about 7,300 outages in Massachusetts and 67 in Rhode Island late Saturday. Nantucket was one of their hardest hit areas, with 4,700 customers out as of 4 p.m. Windy conditions were preventing crews from making repairs in bucket trucks, a statement from the utility said.
Residents are reminded to consider safety during outages and cleanup. Those who use a generator should make sure to keep it as far away from the home as possible and away from air vents, windows and doors. Downed wires should be reported immediately to by calling 911, and outages can be reported to your utility company.