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Power restoration across much of Massachusetts cannot begin until nor’easter’s winds die down – WCVB Boston

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Power restoration across much of Massachusetts cannot begin until nor’easter’s winds die down

Power line work may not be safe for several more hours

WE JUST TGO ANOTHER REPORT. WE ARE BUMPING UP ON OVER A MILLION PEOPLE IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR RIGHT NOW. 499,005 HUNDRED 50 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE TOWNS WITH MUNICIPAL POWER, LIKE DANVERS AND MIDDLETON. THERE’S A BUHNC OF TOWNS UP THAT WAY THAT HAVE THEIR OWN MUNICIPAL POWER. THOSE DO NOT REPORT. THESE ARE JUST THE THREE BIG ONES. YOU GOT NATIONAL GRID. YOU GOT EVER SOURCE AND YOU GOT NEW — YOU KNOW TILL. YOU CAN SEE WHEERHE T LION SHARE OF THE OUTAGES IS. THAT IS RIGHT DOWN OVER CAPE COD, SOUTHEASTNER MASSACHUSETTS AND MARTHA’S VINEYARD, ALSO ANOTHER AREA UP TOWARD CAPE ANN. WII LL KIND TAKE YOU IN A LITTLE TIGHTER AROUND US AND WE CAN LOOK IN SOME OF THE TOWNS AND LIGHT WHERE YOU ARE REGISTERING. THE ENTIRE TOWN OF PENBROOKE, HANSEN, WHITMAN, OUTINGS AND, HANOVER, JUST TO NAME A FEW OF THESE ARE HUNDRED PERCENT WITHOUT POWER. ANYONE OF THESE BLACK SHADED OR DARK SHADDE COUNTIES ARE REFLECTING AT LEAST THE TOWN WITHOUT POWER. YOU CAN SEE THAT IS A WIDESPREAD ALL THE WAY DOWN TO CAPE COD,EAD ESPECIALLY THE UPPER CAPE AND THE LOWER CE.AP ONCE YOU GET PAST DENSNI AND BREWSTER AND HARWICH, IT IS NOT AS BAD. IT IS STILL ABOUT OUT THERE. YOU GOT DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES BASICALLY EVERYWHERE YOU GO. THE QUESTION BECOMES NOW, WHEN COULD BE CREWS GET OUT THERE AND START CLEANING THINGS UP. THEY COULD SHUT POWER OFF. THEY COULDUR TN THEY LIVE POWER OFF ON SOME OF THESE DOWNLINES. JUST TREAT ALL OF THE LINES THAT YOU ARE SEEING AS IF THEY WERE LIVES. STEER CLEAR OF THEM BECAUSE THEY ARSTE ILL TSLO OF JUICED POWERLINES OUT THERE, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MESS WITH ATTH STUFF. TRUST ME. WHAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DISO GET THE CRUISE UP ON THEIR LETTERS AND GET THE LINEMAN UP IN THEIR BKEASTS A GETND THE WIRES BACK UP. THEY CAN’DOT THAT WHEN THE WINDS ARE SO GUSTY. THIS IS KIND OF THE WIND IMPACTS OVER TIME. I PUT SOMETIMES DOWN ON THE BOTT.OM THERE INDICATES WHERE THE WIND IS GOING TO BE SAY, 2:00 TO 8:00 THIS EVENING. I STILL THINK THEY ARE UP IN THE RED ZONE THIS EVENING. THAT IS KIND OF IMPACTFUL WINDOW THAT I THINK WILL PROTRUDE CREWS FIRM GETTING UP AND DOING THEIR WORK. THIS IS UP IN PLYMOUTH AND ONE MOLSDE IDEA ON WHAT TO EXPECT. IT MAY NOT BE UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT WHERE THOSE WHEN START COMING BELOW 40 MILES PER HOUR ANDET G TOWDSAR THE POINT WHERE MAYBE THE LINE CREWS START AT LEAST GETTING TO WORK. THOUGH, IT COULD BE ANOTHER DAY OR TWO, RE-DAYS, BEFORE WE START TURNING POWER BACKN O IN PLACES ATTH ARE SO HARD HIT. IT IS NOT JUST A FACT THAT THEY HAVE GOT TO GET UP ON THE POLE, THEY ALSO HAVE TO CLEAN ALL OF THE STUFF UP. SO MANY TRSEE DOWN. SO MANY POWER LINES DO.WN I KNOW THEY CALLED IN EXTRA CREWS TO HANDLE THIS. EYTH ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PROBABLY CALL IN MORE CREWS TO CLEAR THIS OUT AND GET TO WORK. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG-DURATION EFFTEC FROM THE STORM, A DOOZY TO SAY THE LEAST. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGER, MORE INTENSE STORMS THAT I COULD REMEMBER. YOU KNOW, THANK GOODNESS THIS WAS NOT SNOW. I MEAN, THIS WAS A LOT OF WHEN, THERE WAS A LOT OF DESTRUCTION. I DEFINITELY DO NOT WANT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THAT, BUT AGAIN, THE TIDES ARE ALSO RUNNING LOW THIS TIME OF THE MONTH. HAD THIS BEEN TWO WEEKSGO A OR TWO WEEKS INTOHE T FUTURE, WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT SOME MAJOR DEVASTATION ON OUR COAST LINE. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE GETTING AWAY WI B

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Power restoration across much of Massachusetts cannot begin until nor’easter’s winds die down

Power line work may not be safe for several more hours

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts customers are without power because of the damage caused by the nor’easter, and many could be in the dark for hours or days. For many towns on the south shore, those power outages affect every customer. StormTeam 5 meteorologist AJ Burnett explained that power crews have to wait to get started because conditions remain unsafe for working in bucket trucks alongside power lines. “It may not be until after midnight tonight when those winds start coming below 40 mph and get toward the point where maybe the line crews can start at least getting to work. So it could be another day, two or three days before we start turning the power back on in places that are so hard-hit,” said Burnett.”At this time they expect it will be a multi-day process,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday afternoon.”As soon as those winds come down, as soon as we have sustained winds below 35 mph, crews will be able to go up in bucket trucks and focus on power restoration efforts,” said Kathleen A. Theoharides, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “But right now, they’re able to get out and really work on the tree clearing on the ground and make sure roads are getting cleared, downed limbs are getting cleared.”Latest power outages: Eversource | National GridResidents of the affected areas should treat all downed lines with caution.”Steer clear of them because there are still lots of juiced power lines out there, and you don’t want to mess with that stuff,” said Burnett.

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts customers are without power because of the damage caused by the nor’easter, and many could be in the dark for hours or days.

For many towns on the south shore, those power outages affect every customer.

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StormTeam 5 meteorologist AJ Burnett explained that power crews have to wait to get started because conditions remain unsafe for working in bucket trucks alongside power lines.

“It may not be until after midnight tonight when those winds start coming below 40 mph and get toward the point where maybe the line crews can start at least getting to work. So it could be another day, two or three days before we start turning the power back on in places that are so hard-hit,” said Burnett.

“At this time they expect it will be a multi-day process,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday afternoon.

“As soon as those winds come down, as soon as we have sustained winds below 35 mph, crews will be able to go up in bucket trucks and focus on power restoration efforts,” said Kathleen A. Theoharides, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “But right now, they’re able to get out and really work on the tree clearing on the ground and make sure roads are getting cleared, downed limbs are getting cleared.”

Residents of the affected areas should treat all downed lines with caution.

“Steer clear of them because there are still lots of juiced power lines out there, and you don’t want to mess with that stuff,” said Burnett.

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