BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – With weather forecasters predicting Tuesday’s storm could dump as much as a foot of snow in parts of Massachusetts, Eversource line and tree crews, along with many out-of-state workers already here, will again be ready to respond. Strong gusty winds, some as high as 60 miles per hour, are expected on the South Shore and Cape Cod tomorrow, as well.
“We’ve been patrolling the electrical system with helicopters, snowmobiles, trucks and on foot to look for anything that could cause outages when this next storm arrives,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Doug Foley. “The previous storm thoroughly saturated the ground and further weakened trees, leaving them susceptible to possibly coming down on our lines in high winds. Our emergency response remains active since the March 2nd nor’easter and it will remain in place for as long as necessary. We have hundreds of employees and contractors ready to respond and will again have crews positioned well before the storm hits so we’re there when customers need us to safely and quickly restore power after an outage.”
Eversource reminds customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. They can report an outage online at www.eversource.com, or by calling 800-592-2000. Those who signed up for the company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.
Eversource reminds any customers using an emergency generator to be sure it’s located well away from their home or business and that it’s the law to have a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician before connecting a generator to a building’s wiring.
Eversource recommends customers assemble or restock a storm kit with essential items before the next storm hits. These include water, non-perishable food and pet food, as well as adequate medical supplies and prescriptions for each family member and any pets. The company also suggests customers keep all wireless communication devices fully-charged in case of a power outage.