Tens of Thousands of New Englanders Wake Up Monday to No Power

Maine was by far leading the way in terms of number of outages — reporting over 40,000 as of around 5 a.m.


Tens of thousands of New Englanders were without power during the early morning hours Monday, after stormy conditions brought heavy rain, thunder and wind overnight.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was reporting over 4,000 customers without power as of around 5 a.m. There was a notable concentration of outages in the Merrimack Valley region, where the community of Billerica tallied over 2,000 power outages alone.



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Central Maine Power was reporting over 40,000 customers without power as of around 5 a.m., including over 15,000 in Cumberland County — Vacationland's most populous county, where Portland is located.

Wind gusts on Sunday reached 70 mph near Matinicus Island, about 20 miles offshore, and 65 mph in Bath, where shipbuilder Bath Iron Works has numerous cranes. There were no immediate reports of serious damage. Some parts of southern Maine experienced more than 4 inches of rain, and a few topped 5 inches, said Stephen Baron, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

The storm also washed out roads in Maine and New Hampshire as some rivers continued to rise Monday. Flood warnings are in effect for a number of rivers in both state.

Some roads were damaged in New Hampshire, including part of the Kancamagus Highway, which cuts through the White Mountain National Forest. Police in Lincoln said the road was closed Monday morning east of the Hancock Campground due to several washouts near Conway.

Eversource was reporting around 1,600 power outages, while New Hampshire Electric Co-op was reporting around 2,000 power outages in the Granite State as of 5 a.m.

Eversource was reporting over 700 outages in Connecticut.

There were a few dozen customers out of power as of around 5 a.m. in Vermont, according to Green Mountain Power. Rhode Island Energy was not reporting notable outages in the Ocean State.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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