BOSTON - Thousands of people are still without power Friday morning after an intense storm barreled through the Bay State, toppling trees and power lines.
Kevin Lemanowicz | Shiri Spear | Vicki Graf | Jason Brewer
Friday, Oct. 18
3:30 p.m.: Power outages drop to 45,000.
12:30 p.m.: Power outages across Massachusetts are now just under 60,000 customers.
9:30 a.m.: Our Boston 25 drone flew over damage in Danvers where we could see downed trees covering a neighborhood.
7:33 a.m.: Barnstable Probate, Family and Superior Courts are closed due to power issues.
6:50 a.m.: A reminder for those using generators during the power outage.
If you are using a generator remember NEVER run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors. Always place the generator at least 20 feet from the house with the engine exhaust directed away from windows & doors. pic.twitter.com/1lr1mRSg2c— Hanover Police (@HanoverPolice) October 18, 2019
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Thursday, Oct. 17
11:30 p.m.: MEMA reports around 93,800 people are still in the dark.
9:30 p.m.: Outages have dropped to 103,973, with many residents in the Worcester, Salem, Beverly and Pembroke area reporting they're still in the dark.
North Shore residents have reported they were told power might not be restored until Saturday morning as crews continue to work to remove fallen trees, restore downed wires and clear roads.
School has been canceled for Beverley students due to the power outages.
There will be no school in Beverly Friday October 18, 2019 due to power outages— Chief John LeLacheur (@ChiefLeLacheur) October 18, 2019
3 p.m.: Power outages across Mass. now at 148,000.
1:20 p.m.: Power outages dropped from over 200,000 across the state to just over 186,000.
11:15 a.m.: Dedham District Court closed for the day due to power outages.
10:50 a.m.: RMV Service Center in Haverhill is closed for the day due to a power outage.
9:22 a.m.: Courthouses in Barnstable County are closed "until further notice."
Due to a power outage, the Barnstable Probate & Family Court and Barnstable Superior Court are closed until further notice.— Mass. Court Closings (@MACourtClosings) October 17, 2019
While the toughest weather is behind us, high winds with gusts of 40-60mph persist in New England. Remember, our crews cannot work when winds exceed 35mph.— National Grid US (@nationalgridus) October 17, 2019
8:50 a.m.: MEMA says it has activated its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to coordinate with utilities, towns and local officials on the cleanup.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is partially activated with reps from @MassDOT @MassDCR @RedCrossMA @MassDPH @MassEMA MassDPU @EversourceMA & @nationalgridus to monitor impacts & power outages, and to coordinate with local public safety officials. #MAwx— MEMA (@MassEMA) October 17, 2019
Lowell line trains are still experiencing delays due to flooding on the line caused by the severe storm from earlier this morning. Thank you for bearing with us as we work to restore normal service. pic.twitter.com/193mWOauTv— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) October 17, 2019
Amtrak is feeling the impacts as well.
Update: Downeaster Train 680 is now terminated at Portland (POR) due to downed trees blocking the tracks ahead. For reservation assistance, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL.— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNECAlerts) October 17, 2019
A Southwest plane sitting at a gate at Logan airport was blown into the jet bridge during the storm, according to the company.
Service is resuming on the Rockport/Newburyport Line as our crews work aggressively to repair the damages caused by the storm early this morning. Trains are still experiencing severe delays due to the downed trees in the Lynn area. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/6B810lnM30— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) October 17, 2019
7:07 a.m.: Here's a look at Danvers:
The MBTA says commuter rail riders should expect "severe delays" on all trains today due to downed wires and trees. Several trains are already running 20-30 minutes late.
Please expect severe delays on all Commuter Rail Line trains due to power outages, flooding and downed trees or wires issues caused by last night storm.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) October 17, 2019
They are also asking people to watch out for wet platforms and high winds.
With severe weather today, including high winds and heavy rain, we want to remind passengers to be vigilant when getting on and off trains. Platforms may also be slippery. Your safety is our main priority!— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) October 17, 2019
Many of the hardest hit areas had recorded wind gusts of at least 80 mph. Provincetown recorded a 90 mph gust overnight.
Check out these wind gusts.#Provincetown #Wellfleet #Fairhaven #Duxbury #Yarmouth #WestIsland @VickiGrafWX says the WORST is over. Watch for Vicki's live storm updates every 10 minutes on @boston25 Morning News.— Boston 25 News (@boston25) October 17, 2019
We stay local all morning. pic.twitter.com/oYIgKqkCyh
6:23 a.m.: The list of School Closings keeps climbing.
205,186 without power as of right now, according to MEMA.— Boston 25 News (@boston25) October 17, 2019
Hard hit communities:#Beverly #Barnstable #Pembroke #Plymouth #Salem #Scituate #Marshfield #Falmouth #Hanover #Wilbraham #Gloucester #Norwell #Duxbury
Watch for live storm update on @boston25 Morning News. pic.twitter.com/44xxyYCPjU
Many roads on the Cape are blocked by downed trees. The Steamship Authority said portions of Woods Hole Road and Route 28 are impassible. They also said ferry cancellations are likely as high winds are forecasted until around 6 p.m.
WOODS HOLE TRAFFIC ALERT: We have been informed by @Falmouth_Police that portions of Woods Hole Road and Route 28 north of the hospital lights are IMPASSABLE due to fallen trees in the roadway. Please use caution when travelling. The timeline for the roads to reopen is unknown.— Steamship Authority (@SteamshipMA) October 17, 2019
The Cape and Islands remain under a Wind Advisory until 6 p.m. tonight, with gusts of up to 50 mph in the forecast. We have already seen some cancellations for early-morning ferries; more service disruptions are possible. Please check https://t.co/xX9m7H1qc8 for the latest.— Steamship Authority (@SteamshipMA) October 17, 2019
The biggest concern today will be strong wind gusts leading to additional tree damage and power outages. Roads are slippery from fallen leaves and heavy rain overnight. There will be some showers this afternoon, but they won't have a big impact. pic.twitter.com/GorSUGEjIz— Vicki Graf (@VickiGrafWX) October 17, 2019
Cohasset police said all schools in Cohasset will be closed Thursday due to downed power lines and trees blocking roads.
Several towns are reporting road closures due to downed trees and power lines. Take it slow out there this morning.
Large pine tree hit home on Autumn Ave, another tree crushed the car. Fire dept. says woman in her 70s moved off couch just as tree limbs crashed into her living room. She was not hurt. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/hO1F99NYaF— Michael Henrich (@MichaelHenrich) October 17, 2019
Here's a look at the damage in Duxbury:
A major weather event has come through Duxbury. DXFD has responded to 25 emergency calls since midnight. Many roads are completely impassible throughout town with trees and wires down. Use extreme caution. Call 911 for wires down. #weather pic.twitter.com/LyLULk7lej— Duxbury Fire PIO (@DXFD_PIO) October 17, 2019
ROAD CLOSURES be advised due to the storm there are multiple Roads CLOSED throughout town. If you see cones or caution tape across the road please DO NOT go around them they are there for a reason!— Weston Fire (@WESTON_FIRE) October 17, 2019
195,129 customers are without power Statewide as of 4:37 am. Winds have gusted to over 70 MPH at Logan and 80 - 90 mph on the Cape. Be extremely careful if you have to go out this morning.— RedCrossMA (@RedCrossMA) October 17, 2019
Downed trees are everywhere, blocking roads in several towns. Over 195,000 people are currently without power across the state.
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