National Grid reported this morning that 393,800 customers are currently without power in Massachusetts due to the snowstorm. Out of them, 4,000 are in Westborough town.
The early winter weather caused wet snow to fall on trees still heavy with leaves – causing falling branches and downed power lines. National Grid emergency, restoration and tree trimming crews are in the field working to restore power.
Debbie Drew, spokesperson for National Grid said:
“We’re going through the process to assess what we have in damage.” She said the process involves starting with repairing the main transmission system.
“The bulk supply is always first.”
“After that is repaired, individual customer power can be restored,” Debbie Drew said.
“Our main concern is safety. The snow, as you know, is like wet concrete.”
National Grid spokesperson warned that the snapping trees and downed wires can be dangerous. People should stay away from any downed wire as it could be live.
Debbie Drew said downed wires should be reported by calling 800-465-1212.
Officer Chip Dapolite of the Westborough Police Department echoed that concern.
“Please get the word out that people should not be driving,” Chip Dapolite said.
“Power lines are down all over the place. It may be sunny and beautiful, but please don’t drive.”
Throughout the storm, fire, police and DPW employees responded to reports of downed limbs, fallen trees and wires in the roadways.
At this time, Westborough officials continue to report live wires to electric companys crews.
Because of the high volume of downed wires, attempts are being made to prioritize dangerous situations.
On its website, NSTAR reports that 114,000 customers remain without power.
“While many of our customers will have power restored within the next 24 hours; due to the difficult driving conditions, downed trees and severe damage experienced on our system, we’re anticipating our power restoration effort will last into the work week.”