As the brunt of Hurricane Sandy slams into the East Coast, thousands of customers are already reporting that they have lost power from the initial windy effects of the storm.
According to a map on NStar’s website, which tracks power outages in Massachusetts, hundreds in Cambridge this morning were left without light as workers dealt with the first rounds of power loss.
MEMA reported around 4 p.m. that 172,000 customers throughout the state were without power, including 82,000 National Grid customers, 84,000 NStar customers, 3,000 Western Massachusetts Electric Co. customers, and 3,000 Unitil customers, according to the State House News Service.
Reports indicate that the number has since climbed to 300,000 at around 6:26 p.m. on Monday.
NStar spokesman Michael Duran told BostInno that outages according to their live data map were the result of the current winds coming from Hurricane Sandy.
“The map is accurate. We have about a thousand crews stationed across our service area to respond to damage and outages as long as it’s safe to do so. There may be a time later today when we have to stand down due to high winds, though,” said Durand.
Below is a map showing which cities and towns serviced by NStar have power outages. The black marks on the map indicate that a particular municipality is either close to, or 100% without power.
Power outages started being reported early Monday morning in West Roxbury. In towns like Wayland and Freetown, thousands of customers were the first to be impacted by the weather. Those numbers have since increased drastically since BostInno originally wrote this report on Monday morning.
You can get the latest NStar outage information here, and if you don’t use NStar, National Grid data can be found by following along on their website, here.
According to the latest from National Grid representatives and map information, crews have been assigned to a handful of cities and towns on the outskirts of Boston to assess outages. Hundreds are currently without power in Attleboro and other parts of Massachusetts.
Towns on the coast are reporting major impacts from the high winds, fallen trees and downed power lines.
Last night in West Roxbury, there were reports of a downed utility line, which caused outages for some residents in the area, however, it was not confirmed whether or not the line came down due to the light winds that starting to whip through the Boston-area due to the approaching Hurricane Sandy.