Live Update: Winter storm hits New England with heavy snowfall as area flooded

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In Massachusetts, more than 81,000 utility customers are currently without power in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, according to Eversource and National Grid outage maps. Eversource supplies electricity to the Cape and Vineyard, while the National Grid covers Nantucket.

Those numbers represent the vast majority of power outages across Massachusetts, a number affected by strong winds and heavy snowfall in the area. While nearly all of Provincetown’s 5,974 customers remained without power, larger Cape communities were also feeling the brunt of the storm’s effects, with 17,257 reported outages in Barnstable and 12,460 in Falmouth, according to Eversource.

At a news conference on Friday, Eversource officials said they have hundreds of crews ready to respond in the area but warned residents that it could take days before power is fully restored.

Brian Sullivan, the company’s director of electrical operations, said the company tackles the biggest outages first to get “the biggest bang for the buck”.

In addition, crews are prioritizing restoring power to critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, police stations and fire stations, according to Eversource spokesman Christopher McKinnon.

More than 600 helicopter crews, more than 200 tree crews and more than 200 troubleshooters were called in to help, Mr. McKinnon said.

Crew members from as far afield as Florida will typically work 18 hours and six hours off, Mr. Sullivan said. “But we’re used to it,” he said.

Sullivan said employees are sometimes forced to wait until power is cut in an area before they can go to work, and warned people to stay away from downed lines because it can be difficult to tell which is which. and where is the phone line. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. McKinnon said crew members would not board trucks when it was not safe, such as in strong winds.

“Just give our crew space, let them get the job done and be safe,” Mr. Sullivan said.

At noon on Saturday, a gust of 72 mph was reported in the town of Chatham, on Cape Cod, and a gust of 74 mph was reported in Nantucket, according to the National Weather Service. . Wind gusts of 45 mph to 70 mph were reported over other parts of the Cape and the islands.

Snow has also begun to pile up, reaching eight inches in Harwich on Cape Cod, reaching more than a foot.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/29/us/snow-winter-storm/as-snow-begins-to-pile-up-in-boston-residents-play-before-worst-of-storm Live Update: Winter storm hits New England with heavy snowfall as area flooded

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