The first substantial snowstorm of the season brought heavy, wet snow to the region, which resulted in tens of thousands of homes in New England and New York being without power on Saturday morning. The storm reached the region on Friday night. In some locations, the severe Nor’easter dumped as much as 2 feet of snow.
According to poweroutage.us, which monitors power outages across the country, heavy snow caused tree limbs to fall onto power lines, leaving more than 160,000 customers in New England without power as of the afternoon and another 20,000 customers in New York without power. Both regions were affected by the outages.
Green Mountain Power reported more than 35,000 customers being without power on Saturday evening due to the storm that impacted Vermont the hardest. Green Mountain Power, which provides service to customers in Vermont, stated that additional power disruptions were probable in that state due to the fact that it was not anticipated that the temperatures would warm up sufficiently in the following couple of days to melt the snow.
The Vermont State Police reported that its officers attended to over eighty car accidents on Friday and asked drivers to slow down and keep safe on the roadways. As a result of the storm’s impact, some roadways had to be shut down as well.
On Saturday, there were still thousands of consumers in New Hampshire who did not have electricity. Around 44,000 people did not have power as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, a decrease from the approximately 60,500 customers who were without power at 9 a.m.
According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, hundreds of people living in the Bay State were affected by power outages, which resulted in utility companies working feverishly to restore electricity to families’ homes. Most of the power outages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were concentrated in the state’s western region. However, there were also blackouts in certain areas of the Worcester area, Greater Boston, and the Cape that affected some residents.
As of Saturday morning, Central Maine Power had reported 69,750 customers without power in the state of Maine. On Friday evening, roughly fifty car accidents were reported to have occurred across the state of Maine, with the bulk of them happening on interstate routes and the Maine Turnpike. The Maine State Police provided this information.
Eversource has reported that there have been approximately 380 power outages across the state of Connecticut. In comparison, Vermont has had a significantly higher number of power outages.
The fact that snow was still falling in certain areas, which made travel hazardous, made the restoration operations more difficult. Snow-covered roads are making it difficult for personnel to access areas in order to assess the damage and conduct repairs, according to Doug Foley, president of electric operations for Eversource in New Hampshire.
According to a statement sent out by Foley via email, “We are still taking on system damage in portions of the state where heavy, wet snow continues to fall,” and “hundreds of extra crews are traveling to New Hampshire to support our restoration operation.”
According to a statement released by the power company’s vice president of field operations, Mike Burke, “Clearing downed trees to get to outage spots has been slow and challenging.” According to the National Weather Service, areas of Vermont and western New York received more than 2 feet of snow, and numerous villages throughout the region received more than 1 foot.
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