2600 Still Without Power On Cape Cod

Some May Not be Restored Until Wednesday

If you think we had it bad on Cape Cod, check out "the morning after" in Westfield Mass.

An October nor'easter hammered New England last weekend. It put up to a foot of snow onto some people, cqncelled schools in dozens of communities, and knocked out electrical power to millions of households on a teeth-chattering October weekend. While snow in October is not an earth-shaking news event for New Englanders, snowfall of that intesnity is very unusual.

Cape Cod escaped the snowfall via our location relative to the storm's center and warm ocean waters. However we did get terrific winds of near-hurricane force. Nantucket had a 69 mph gust, and many places on the mainland had gusts over 60 mph.

Those gusts did two very bad things. first off, the winds came during the peak of our local foliage season, while the leaves were still in the trees. The storm pretty much ended the foliage viewing season, although I've seen some fairly nice colors this morning as I drove around the upper Cape.

However, those leaf-laden tree branches were whipping all around during the height of the storm, and many of them fell down on power lines. As of this morning, NSTAR is reporting that 2600 proplr on Cape Cod are still without power. Some of these people may not be turned back on until Wednesday. This is news not well reported on Cape Cod, where temperatures are peaking in the 50s today before dropping near freezing at night.

Other parts of the state have the same problem in greater intensity, with a layer of snow to boot. NSTAR has precorded messages up, so don't expect any great enlightenment if you call.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

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