STORM RECOVERY UPDATE, Thursday, October 28th: As a result of our damage assessment, Eversource expects to have restoration efforts substantially completed by 6:00PM on Saturday, October 30th.
That means crews will continue to restore customers over the next three days, round the clock. And we estimate that all but the most difficult and single customer restorations will remain by Saturday evening. We will work until all are restored, but again the expectation is that substantially all will be back by 6:00PM on Saturday.
As reported, winds in some instances exceeded 90mph making this nor’easter was far more devastating than the hurricanes and tropical storms we experienced recently.
As is readily apparent there is widespread damage to trees and wires down making restoration challenging and labor intensive.
Persistent wind gust inhibited widespread safe deployment of crews, but still we were able to restore about 45,000 customers in the overnight. More than 200,000 customers have been restored since the storm hit the region.
We expect to have 1000 crews dedicated to restoration including crews from Canada and southern states.
Today will be another critical day for clearing roads in addition to restoring our customers. There remains approximately 182,000 customers still without power, mostly on the South Shore down to Plymouth, Cape Cod and the South Coast.
As always, if you have questions or concerns please reach out to me.
Mark Reed, Director, Governmental Affairs