Utility Crews Cross State Lines To Brace For East Mass. High Wind Storm

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With possible wind gusts as high as 60 miles an hour expected for eastern Massachusetts on Monday, utility companies from across North America planned to brace for the worst.

"Our main concern right now in eastern Massachusetts is focusing on those high winds that could cause damage especially in the coastal areas, South Shore, Cape Cod, and Martha's Vineyard," said Eversource Spokesman Chris McKinnon.

McKinnon said Eversource has crews coming in from all over New England, New Jersey, Michigan, and even a crew from Canada to help with restoration efforts if necessary.

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Customers may have to be patient if the power cuts out, as McKinnon said crews are obligated to wait until the winds die down before doing maintenance work.

"In order to get crews up into our bucket trucks, we want those wins to be below 30 to 35 miles an hour," McKinnon said. In western Massachusetts, Eversource said they are watching for heavy snow that could potentially weigh down power lines.

If the power goes out, McKinnon said residents should bundle up with blankets as the weather could be dangerous, especially without heating in homes.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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