Power Restored to Most of Mass., Several Days After Nor'easter Hit

Just under 5,700 customers were still without electricity as of 8 a.m. Sunday

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Eversource and National Grid said that power has been restored for most Massachusetts residents who were left in the dark after a powerful nor'easter slammed the state Tuesday night into Wednesday.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, just under 5,700 customers were still without electricity statewide, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Some towns on Saturday were still dealing with widespread outages. Plympton was the worst hit town on the South Shore, with about 87% of the town still without power.

In Pembroke, homeowners had waited for their power to return as heavy downpours headed toward the area Saturday.

“There’s people in my neighborhood that are still without power; you can hear the generators running,” Art Mahoney said.

The outage numbers had dropped to just 18,000 by 6 p.m., with officials saying most everyone should have their electricity restored by midnight. That's down from a high of 700,000 outages across the state during the height of the storm on Wednesday.

"I think our goal all along, we wanted Sunday to be Halloween, and for kids and adults to be able to enjoy it as they should be able to," said Gov. Charlie Baker, who toured storm damage and met with Eversource officials in Marshfield Saturday. "Let's face it -- it's been a long time since anybody's had what we would describe as a normal Halloween."

Eversource and National Grid expect most people in Massachusetts should have power restored by midnight Saturday.

The fire chief in Plymouth has been speaking out this week, trying to get more power company crews out to help with the restoration efforts.

On Saturday morning, Eversource crews were working on restoring a power line right in the Plympton Fire Department's parking lot.

Later Saturday, Chief Stephen Silva told NBC10 Boston that utility crews moved at an impressive pace just hours after most of the town sat in the dark.

“Amazing! This time yesterday 97 percent of the town was out of power,” he said.

Thousands of people continue to be without electricity in Massachusetts. Power is expected to be restored by Saturday.

Some other towns in the area also still had people wake up without electricity on Saturday morning.

Cohassett and Norwell were two big ones. In many of these heavily wooded communities, they're still working to clean up fallen trees.

"Awful. You never know what you have until you miss it and it's gone, and here we are," said Donna Wallace of Hingham. "No lights, no food, nothing, you know. You have to throw everything out and it's starting all over again."

Baker said Saturday that he was satisficed with the speed of restoration efforts.

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