FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham was one of the hardest hit communities in the Commonwealth from this nor’easter.
As of 4 p.m., 30% of Framingham or more than 9,000 customers were without power. That is down from 35% of the City earlier today.
UPDATED: As of 9 p.m., about 22 percent of Framingham is without power or about 6,600 customers
Eversource told Framingham Source MetroWest, and Framingham, was the hardest hit area on the state for power outages.
“Last night’s severe storm left damage to our system,” said Eversource spokesperson Michael Durand.
About 65,000 customers in Massachusetts are without power, as of 3 p.m.
If you are without power please make sure to report to Eversource at 800-592-2000.
Framingham Emergency Operation Center will be open until midnight to call at 508-532-5800 number, said Deputy Police Chief Steve Trask. He said the Callahan Center will remain open until 6 p.m. today as a warming and charging center.
The MetroWest YMCA “to support our members and neighbors without power, we welcome you into our Framingham Branch to charge your electronics, have a warm shower, etc.” Tell the person at the desk you saw it on Framingham Source/Facebook.
A decision on a snow day for Friday will be made today, and not Friday morning, said Deputy Chief Trask, who was to have a conversation with Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay soon. Tremblay gets input from public safety and Framingham DPW on road and sidewalk conditions to make his decision on snow days.
Some of the Framingham schools were without power this morning.
In previous storms, Eversource has been able to give estimates for when power will return my neighborhood, or by a community. Eversource can’t do that at this time.
Durand said we “expect restoration efforts to continue into the weekend.”
That means some may not see power returned until Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Eversource works on power restoration on a priority system first – hospitals, public safety and then looking to restore large neighborhood outages before it restores a single home out within a neighborhood.
Durand said crews are in Framingham cleaning up, assessing damage, and working on the restoration of power.
“We are clearing downed trees, dealing with damaged equipment,” said Durand.
Power restoration is by priority. For example, if one wire can restore 100 homes, it takes priority over one wire to restore electricity to one home.
Many trees have taken down poles and wires. Several transformers blew during the height of the storm too.
Deputy Chief Trask said many of the major roads are open and free of blocked trees and wires now, as of 4:30 p.m.
Durand said if there is one plus with this storm, is that it came on top of last week’s storm.
“Our crews have been working to restore power to parts of Massachusetts for the last seven days,” said Durand.
Due to last week’s storm where coastal communities in the Commonwealth were the hardest hit, there are crews from as far away as Canada, the Midwest, “and places in between” in Massachusetts helping us work to restore power to customers, said Durand.
“We are mobilized and the communities,” but “safety is our #1 priority,” said Durand.