Nearly 138,000 Massachusetts households still without power Wednesday after Tropical Storm Isaias
- Aug 5, 2020 8:39 am GMTAug 5, 2020 2:03 pm GMT
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Massachusetts was not spared from the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias this week.
Barreling through southern New England as it made its way northward, the tropical storm brought 60-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rainfall to the state Tuesday.
Several tornado warnings were issued as well throughout the day, and a statewide tornado watch remained in effect until nighttime, though forecasters have yet to report whether a tornado touched down in the commonwealth.
Isaias also split trees, downed power lines and knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the commonwealth.
Late Tuesday night, nearly 250,000 residents and businesses had reported electrical outages within only a few hours.
As of Wednesday morning, 137,808 customers were still without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s online map, which aggregates data from the state’s four electrical companies and updates the number of electrical outages every 15 to 30 minutes.
Communities in Western and Central Massachusetts were reporting some of the highest numbers of customers who lost power.
Springfield saw roughly 17% of the city lose electricity. An estimated 11,206 customers in the city lost power, MEMA’s data showed.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno ordered all nonessential city services and municipal buildings to be closed Wednesday morning until further notice due to a major water main break and numerous power outages.
Residents were asked to shelter in place to allow crews to clean up and repair, according to a statement from the mayor.
“The situation is being worked on ASAP,” Sarno said in the statement.
Worcester, meanwhile, reported only around 2% of its customers, nearly 1,800, had lost power.
In towns like East Longmeadow and Wilbraham, where a majority of residents were reporting electrical outages, more than 5,000 households in each community were without power Wednesday morning.
According to MEMA, some towns, including Holland in Hampden County and Hubbardston in Worcester County, saw 100% of their customers lose electricity.
Hampden and Worcester counties reported at least 43,041 and 49,085 customers, respectively, were without power.
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