Updated:BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) - Over 30,000 homes and businesses are without power in Massachusetts as a blizzard batters the state, including the entire island of Nantucket.
No other Massachusetts community has been hit as hard as Nantucket when it comes to blizzard-related power outages.
National Grid reports that pretty much the entire island - more than 12,800 customers - is without power. That includes Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
The hospital's website says it is operating on generator power and is fully staffed.
It is currently caring for five patients and its emergency department remains operational.
A bright spot from a dark island came when the hospital delivered a "blizzard baby" mid-storm. Cayden Keith Moore was born at 3:35 a.m. by Dr. Margaret "Mimi" Koehm. Cayden. He is the son of Danielle Smith and Corrigan Moore. He was born just after the island lost power. Clear heads and a back up generator saved the day. Hospital staff said they reached out to another expecting mother who agreed to shelter at the hospital for the duration of the storm.
Although Nantucket is not getting as much snow as some parts of the state, it is getting buffeted by winds, with a gust of 76 miles per hour reported.National Grid reported earlier Tuesday that over 13,000 customers were without, with Nantucket the hardest hit.
NStar is reporting more than 20,000 customers in the dark, with Sandwich and Duxbury the hardest hit communities.
Both utilities have more than 1 million customers.
Many of those affected area in coastal areas where there are high wind gusts. Parts of Massachusetts could get up to 2 feet of snow.
- Boston: 45-55 mph
- Worcester: 40-45 mph
- Hull: 50-60 mph
- Salem: 35-45 mph
- Woburn: 45-55 mph
- Plum Island: 50-60 mph
- Boston: 18-24"
- Worcester: 30-36"
- Hull: 18-24"
- Salem NH: 24-36"
- Woburn: 18-30"
- Plum Island: 18-24"
Nat Grid- 13,394 customers without power
NStar- 20,402 customers without power
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