Confirmed reports from National Grid emerged in the early hours of Thursday morning, March 8 that Massachusetts is currently experiencing a power outage. This is as a result of strong winds and heavy snow from the nor’easter that brought down trees and power lines in the state.
As of 7 AM on 3/8/18, power outages of ~317,000 customers
Avoid downed lines, check on neighbors, & use generators outside away from buildings.
— MEMA (@MassEMA) March 8, 2018
The National Weather Service said Thursday morning that while the strongest winds have passed, the “biggest threat will be for downed limbs, power lines on top of hazardous wintry weather conditions.”
[Winds] While wind headlines have been dropped, will still be breezy along the E MA coastline; w/ pasty, wet snow ongoing, @ 25-35 mph N gusts, biggest threat will be for downed limbs, power lines on top of hazardous wintry weather conditions pic.twitter.com/Dsi5TeS9I8
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 8, 2018
“With several communities experiencing power outages and downed trees, the administration is urging residents to stay off roadways and to use public transportation when possible,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.
Please take notice that there is a water main break on Chester St. Area residents may experience low pressure and water outages. @WorcesterDPW is addressing the situation. There is a power outage in the Chandler St & WSU area. National Grid crews are working to restore power ASAP
— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) March 8, 2018
As of 7 a.m., the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said there were more than 300,000 businesses and homes without power in the state. MEMA is tracking power outages town-by-town.
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