Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Snow in parts of Northeast; thousands without power

BOSTON (AP) – Utility crews raced Saturday to restore power to thousands of customers in New England and New York after a powerful storm dumped 2 feet of snow in some places.

According to Poweroutage.us, more than 160,000 customers in New England were in the dark as of Saturday afternoon and another 20,000 were without power in New York as heavy snow brought down tree limbs on power lines.

Restoration efforts were complicated by snow still falling in some places, making travel dangerous. Doug Foley, Eversource president of electrical operations in New Hampshire, said snow-covered roads are making it difficult for workers to reach communities to assess damage and make repairs.

“We are still experiencing system damage in parts of the state where heavy, wet snow continues to fall, and hundreds of additional crews are arriving in New Hampshire to support our restoration efforts,” Foley said in an emailed statement. Huh.”

As of Saturday afternoon, Eversource had restored power to about 61,000 customers in New Hampshire since the beginning of the storm, but another 40,000 remained without power, according to the utility.

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Green Mountain Power, which serves customers in Vermont, said more outages are possible there as temperatures are not expected to warm enough to melt snow over the next few days.

“Clearing trees to get to outage locations has been slow and difficult,” Mike Burke, vice president of field operations for the utility company, said in a statement.

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