Half a Million Without Power in New England

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By Elena Naze 10/17/2019

More than 500,000 New England residents were left without power after extreme winds and heavy rain from an ocean storm on Thursday.

Winds reached up to 90 miles an hour in Provincetown and 70 miles an hour at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

An estimated 216,595 Massachusetts customers were without power as of 11:17 Thursday morning.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Aquinnah, Essex, New Ashford, Petersham, and Warwick were all completely without power.

While the strong winds will continue through this afternoon and into tonight, they are expected to decrease- with gusts up to 40 to 55 miles an hour, the National Weather Service reports.

Governor Charlie Baker said in an interview with WEEI that restoring utilities is “job number one” but also mentioned that the continuing storm conditions might delay the process.