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August 24, 2010

Power outages hit Lawrence

LAWRENCE — Two power outages, both weather-related, hit the city early yesterday morning.

National Grid spokesman Amy Zorich said the first outage in South Lawrence began about 4:30 a.m. and affected 2,230 customers.

She said power was restored to 915 of them by about 5:50 a.m., 936 more by 6:15 a.m., and the remaining 380 customers had their power restored by about 9 a.m.

That outage affected the southwest side of the city, including Beacon Street, Beacon Avenue, Amherst Street, Mt. Vernon Street, Coolidge Street, Carleton Street, Tewksbury Street and Bourque Street.

The second outage hit Prospect Hill and began at 2:30 a.m. and affected 1,911 customers initially, Zorich said.

She said power was restored to 749 customers by about 3:30 a.m. and the remaining 1,162 customers had their power restored by 4:45 a.m.

That outage affected Custer, Conduit, Knox, Prospect, Woodland, Allston, Marston, Howard, Pleasant, Ferry, Storrow and Eastside streets.

Zorich said the precise cause of the outages was still being determined but that they are believed to be weather-related.

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