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October 30, 2012

300,000 powerless in Mass.; Valley hit hard

BOSTON (AP) — The winds have died down and there were some breaks in the clouds between showers, but nearly 300,000 customers of major Massachusetts utilities remained without power in the wake of Sandy.

More than 206,000 National Grid customers were without power as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, with Merrimack Valley communities among the hardest hit.

In Andover, 3,370 customers are still without power, according to the National Grid web site. In Haverhill, 5,771 are still powerless. In Lawrence, the number stands at 3,786 out. In Methuen, 3,664 people are still in the dark. And in North Andover, the number stands at 3,317.

NStar was reporting almost 80,000 customers without power, with the Lakeville-Freetown area one of the worst hit areas.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. had more almost 8,300 outages and Unitil about 1,500.

The MBTA, which shut down at 2 p.m. Monday, resumed normal service at 5 a.m. Tuesday but warned commuters that there would be delays. Service on the Providence/Stoughton Line between Mansfield and Wickford Junction stations was suspended due to downed trees and power lines.


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