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300K still in dark throughout Northeast

  • Crew members from PIKE electric company from Maryland pull a downed power line on New Road in Aston, Pa., in order to reconnect it on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Pennsylvania utility companies say more than 110,000 customers are without power following the state's second major snowstorm in less than a week. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Christina Mesavage leads family friend, Una Mayer, center, and her son, Jude, up a sledding hill at the Eastern Promenade while enjoying the snow during a nor'easter Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Portland, Maine. Residents in the Northeast dug out from as much as 2 feet of wet, heavy snow Thursday, while utilities dealt with downed trees and power lines that snarled traffic and left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark after two strong nor'easters - all with the possibility of another storm headed to the area. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • Crews from 3Phase Line Construction, from Chicago, work on War Trophy Lane in Aston, Pa., to try to bring back power to the residential neighborhood on Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Michael Bryant /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Amber Cox shovels the porch roof at her home in Auburn, Maine, on Thursday. ap photo

  • Paul Francis, a lineman for INTREN electric company from Chicago, repairs the power line that was knocked down by a fallen tree on Valley Road in Media, Pa., Thursday, March 8, 2018. Pennsylvania utility companies say more than 110,000 customers are without power following the state's second major snowstorm in less than a week. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A lineman for PIKE electric company, from southern Maryland, pulls up a downed powerline on New Road in Aston, Pa.,, in order to reconnect it on Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Michael Bryant /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / The Philadelphi

  • Crews work to replace utility poles in Fairless Hills, Pa. on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Pennsylvania utility companies say more than 110,000 customers were without power Thursday morning following the state's second major snowstorm in less than a week. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) TIM TAI


Associated Press
Friday, March 09, 2018

BOSTON — The sun came out across much of the Northeast on Friday as utilities tackled the arduous task of restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers who lost electricity during the storm that hit the region this week, all with the possibility of a third nor’easter in the offing.

Utilities asked for patience, warning that because of the damage caused by the storm that dropped 2 feet of snow in some areas, pulling down trees, branches and power lines and blocking roads, it could be days before power is back on.

Power crews were working to restore electricity to more than 300,000 customers in Northeast on Friday. New Jersey and Massachusetts had the most outages, according to the poweroutage.us website, which compiles statistics from utilities across the nation.

The utility National Grid tried to assure its Massachusetts customers it had hundreds of crews working on restorations and that power would return to the hardest hit areas, including the Merrimack Valley, by midnight Sunday. But there still were complaints about the pace of the restorations.

“It is completely unacceptable that our citizens have to bear another night without heat or power,” Mayor Jim Fiorentini of Haverhill posted Friday on Facebook.

He said he contacted National Grid and demanded more crews.

“Please plan to be without power for multiple days as we work through this significant restoration,” Eversource posted on Twitter. The utility serves customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

That was little consolation to some residents.

“It’s colder in the house than it is outside,” Salem resident Cindy Peters said.

Robert Nixon, 83, sat in his running car to keep warm on Thursday after the senior housing complex where he lives in Norton lost power.

He also had to throw out all the food in his fridge. “When you’re on Social Security, that stuff hurts,” he said.

People without power piled into relatives’ homes, hung out at the local coffee shop or went to “warming centers” that some towns opened in libraries or senior centers.

Karl Carlo Green went to Billerica Town Hall when he lost power to enjoy a warm beverage and a snack, but said that he was worried about his cat.

“He’s like my child because I don’t have kids,” Green said.

The storm was being blamed for at least two deaths in New York and New Jersey.

In Maine, excessive speed on icy roads is being blamed for a 14-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95; no injuries have been reported.

The heavy wet snow was also the apparent cause of a roof collapse in a vacant building in Bridgeport, Conn. No one was hurt.

The rush is on to restore power as forecasters monitor another system that could move up the coast Monday. Some weather models, however, have the storm missing the mark.