Tens of thousands without power in Mass. as nor’easter moves through New England

Mass. — Thousands are without power in Massachusetts as a long-duration nor’easter moves through New England.

According to MEMA, just over 33,000 Massachusetts customers were in the dark as of 11:00 p.m.

The outages are mainly in western and central Massachusetts, the regions pounded with the most amount of snow.

Yesterday, Eversource announced that they were expecting widespread outages and to get ready for a wild and potentially dark, cold ride. Some areas will get hit with wet, sticky snow — the kind that clings to limbs.

“We have a fleet of vehicles with about 100 line trucks,” said Craig Hallstrom, president of Regional Electric Operations for Eversource. “Because of the heavy, wet snow, and the winds, we expect a lot of tree damage, so we hired 500 tree crews.”

Eversource has been tracking the potential for this storm since last week — and made preparations.

“Anything over 20, 30 miles per hour will usually end up breaking some of the weaker limbs,” said Leo Simkins, a certified arborist and owner of Simkins Tree Service. “Long duration storm, we may not be able to go out and clean it up until the next day, when winds die down.”

For more on the storm, visit the Boston 25 Weather page.

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