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Merrimack Valley

October 30, 2012

Storm badly hurts 1, knocks out power to thousands

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In the hotly contested Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate, both GOP Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren cancelled tonight’s debate.

The storm also forced the shutdown of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, including commuter rail service at 2 p.m.. Gov. Deval Patrick said he was “cautiously optimistic” that service would be back to normal or near normal levels by today’s morning rush hour.

Boston Express halted New Hampshire-to-Boston bus service yesterday afternoon and the last Boston-to-New Hampshire bus was on the road around 4:30 p.m. Service from New Hampshire-to-Boston was expected to resume at 10:30 a.m. today.

”In a 45-foot coach, you tend to get blown all over the place,” general manager Ben Blunt said.

Here is a look at what happened in your community:

ANDOVER

A large tree fell on power lines in front of 87 Haverhill St., knocked down a utility pole and shut off power for hundreds of businesses and residents in the area about 5 p.m. and had not been restored as of press time.

”We’re happily not watching TV tonight,” said David Grober, of 93 Haverhill St., who resides a couple of doors from where the tree fell. He said it was fortunate that the outage took place before winter. “We can live with it.”

Michela Stuart, who recently purchased the house at 90 Haverhill St., said she was cooking dinner when the power went out. She has an electric stove, so she and her children made do with sandwiches, she said.

”It’s a mess,” she said, looking down the street at the wires strewn across the yard at 87 Haverhill St.

Police Lt. Harry Collins said the knocked-down pole on Haverhill Street appeared to be the most serious storm-related problem in Andover yesterday, however, fallen trees closed Harold Parker and Greenwood roads and a few other streets.

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