Eversource: 'Significant Damage' From Storm; 330,000 Without Power

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The nor'easter that dumped as much as two feet of snow on Western Massachusetts may have moved out of our area, but it has left hundreds of thousands without power from the middle to the east of the state.

According to MEMA's power outage map at 2:15 p.m., more than 330,000 people did not have power. 

"We suffered significant damage in Metro West-Greater Boston in what we would call stage two of this continuing weather overnight," said Eversource spokesperson Mike Durrand. "We now have about 66,000 customers without power, a lot of damage we have to repair. We have a lot of crews working on it, but at this point, it's looking like this is going to be a prolonged effort, similar to the restoration we really just came off of this week."

He said they've brought crews in from as far away as Canada and the Midwest to help.

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"We never really de-mobilized from the last round of storm," he said. "So, we have many extra crews in with us as well, including tree crews--which, in this type of damage, is extremely important."

He said it was too early to tell when people could expect the power to be back on.

"We have to get access to the areas, we have to clear debris and downed poles, and in essence in some cases rebuild the entire system in the local area," he said.

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered that all non-emergency state employees not report for work Thursday. In addition, schools in Boston were closed.

MA Offices for Non-Emergency State Exec. Branch Employees Closed Thursday
MA Offices for Non-Emergency State Exec. Branch Employees Closed Thursday
Governor Baker made the announcement due to the prolonged impacts of the ongoing winter storm.

Officials warned drivers to stay off the roads if possible and, if they absolutely had to go out, to take things slow and careful and leave extra room for snow clearing crews.

"If you don't have to be out on the roads, don't," MEMA spokesperson Chris Besse said Thursday morning. "There's a lot of dangerous conditions out there--both the roads in some spots, as well as a lot of trees down, power lines down. So if people are able to delay their commute in or work from home or do other measures to stay off the roads and avoid unnecessary travel, that's a great help to the crews out there working."

On the Mass Pike, the Massachusetts State Police said the speed limit was reduced to 40 mph from the New York border to Exit 11A in Hopkinton.

Due to a downed wire, service on the MBTA D line was replaced with buses between the Riverside and Reservoir stops.

The MBTA Commuter Rail said that all lines were operating on normal schedules Thursday, but was having delays.

In Wilmington, a Commuter Rail train derailed--though nobody was reported hurt.

MBTA Commuter Train Derails in Wilmington
MBTA Commuter Train Derails in Wilmington
An MBTA commuter rail train derailed in Wilmington on Thursday morning. There were no injuries, according to police.

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