Power outages across Franklin County expected to be resolved by Wednesday morning

Staff Writer
Published: 3/2/2021 4:34:52 PM

Power outages caused by Monday night’s windstorm were scattered broadly across Franklin County, rather than clustered in particular areas, according to representatives from Eversource and National Grid. Although most outages were expected to be resolved by late Tuesday afternoon, some remote areas were expected to be without power until at least Wednesday morning.

The two exceptions might have been Wendell and Shutesbury, which together had about 550 houses still without power by noon on Tuesday, according to National Grid. Those were conservatively expected to be resolved by noon on Wednesday.

Restoration work was especially difficult as heavy winds continued into Tuesday, creating dangerous conditions for workers, and possibilities of new outages.

“It’s still gusting. So we are still taking on damage,” said Eversource spokesperson Priscilla Ress. For this reason, estimates on when power could be restored were subject to change, Ress said, as the ongoing winds were likely to cause new outages.

Maintenance crews were deployed on Monday in anticipation of the storm, Ress said. Work continued through the night and into Tuesday.

Remote areas with fewer residents were expected to take the longest to have power restored, Ress said, noting that these would likely be cases in which one or two houses would be without power longer than those in more populous areas.

Maintenance crews were advised to pause their work when winds picked up, likely slowing progress, she said.

“Again, we are dealing with high winds that bring branches down. That’s a hazard,” Ress said.

The large outages in Shutesbury and Wendell, areas served by National Grid, were likewise expected to be mostly resolved by Tuesday night, said National Grid spokesperson Robert Kievra. Total restoration was conservatively targeted for noon on Wednesday, he said.

“Obviously it’s a bit challenging with the weather conditions today,” Kievra said. “That’s going to create some additional outages, and make 100-percent restoration difficult.”

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-930-4231.


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