More than 320K without power at height of massive storm

By: Steven Yablonski

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BOSTON - Hundreds of thousands of residents were left in the dark after a powerful storm moved through the area Sunday night into Monday morning, and brought down trees and utility wires across Massachusetts.

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As of 8:30 a.m., 320,478 people were left in the dark as destructive winds snapped trees and brought down wires.

While torrential rain and the strong winds were a major concern overnight, flooding was also reported in several areas.

Water that was about seven or eight inches deep covered parts of Route 9 in Wellesley early Monday morning, according to Boston 25 News reporter Michael Henrich. He reported seeing cars repeatedly drive through the deep water, even though it’s always recommended to “turn around, don’t drown.”

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Memorial Drive in Boston was closed by emergency officials after flooding was reported at the Longfellow bridge, according to Boston 25 News anchor Daniel Miller, who was out covering the damage caused by the storm.

Tens of thousands of people in Lowell were also left without power Monday. On Boston 25 Morning News, reporter Catherine Parrotta demonstrated how eerily dark it was in the city overnight because of the massive power outages.

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With all the outages reported and trees that have been downed across the area, schools and businesses have started to announce closings and delayed openings.

Haverhill police announced Monday morning that emergency crews were responding to reports of a "major water main break" that's affecting Golden Hill School and Mears Road. Police said water service in the area may be suspended for several hours while crews work to make repairs to the water main.

 

 

Police said when service is finally restored, residents should flush the air and any discolored water for several minutes until it clears.

It's unclear what caused the break.

Delays are affecting the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, too.

The MBTA announced Monday morning that trains on the Providence/Stoughton lines have been delayed or canceled as a result of the storm.

It’s unknown when normal service will resume.

In addition, Amtrak announced Monday morning that service between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut, has been suspended until further notice because of downed trees and wires.

With all of the reports of damage, flooding and power outages reported, it’s a relief to report that so far, no injuries have been reported.

Boston 25 News has crews spread out across the state to bring you live updates on this major storm. Watch for live updates on-air. We’re also streaming our breaking news coverage online for those people who don’t have power.

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