BOSTON – Eversource’s non-stop restoration effort continues in high gear as an army of utility resources, including crews from Ohio, Michigan, Virginia and Canada, work to get power back on for remaining customers affected by the nor’easter that started late Wednesday night. Thousands of lineworkers, tree crews, and support staff are working around-the-clock and have restored power to almost 180,000 customers across Massachusetts. As of 1:30 p.m., approximately 23,000 customers remained without power.
“Our employees and out-of-state crews are doing a tremendous job repairing extensive damage and restoring power on the heels of this widespread storm, and they remain focused on the remaining outages,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Field Operations Doug Foley. “We know how tough it is for customers to be without power and we greatly appreciate their continued understanding.”
Power to customers in Greater Boston, New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard was substantially restored overnight Thursday. By the end of the day Friday, most of the company’s customers in Western Massachusetts and MetroWest will have their power restored. Communities on the South Shore, including Plymouth and Cape Cod should be substantially restored by 8 p.m. Saturday. Substantially complete means that less than one percent of the community remains without power. Customers should keep in mind that many will be restored long before these estimated times. A full list of estimated times of restoration by town can be seen here. Eversource will continue moving crews to areas most heavily damaged by the storm.
The energy company reminds customers to be cautious while doing their own storm clean up, including moving or cutting tree limbs and look carefully for any wires that may be entangled in debris. Always stay clear of any downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. Eversource also urges any customers who are without power and using a generator to be sure it’s located well away from their home or business and that they’re using a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician.