SCITUATE, Mass. - Utility companies Eversource and National Grid said they have moved up their deadline to have power restored to everyone, but it could still mean a couple more nights in the dark for some residents on the south shore.
POWER OUTAGES (10 A.M.): 71,220
Both companies have been under pressure to restore power to hard-hit communities who have been in the dark since Friday's nor'easter.
Marshfield and Duxbury were among the hardest hit areas for Eversource. For National Grid, the worst was in Scituate.
"The damage of the storm was pretty intense and pretty severe," said Jeffrey Norwood, a spokesperson for National Grid. "We don’t want them working on the lines when the wind is more than 40 miles per hour because the wires could be coming back live and we don’t want them in a spot that puts them in danger so it did slow down restoration efforts in the beginning but now that the storm and wind is past us we are making a lot more progress.”
Many have turned to generators or have huddled with family and friends to stay warm while the power is out.
A major concern with generators, however, is the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is advised that residents should keep generators outside, shielded from the elements, and away from any doors or windows.
Eversource estimates they will have power completely restored to the south shore by Tuesday evening. National Grid is working with a similar timeline.
Lights and heat will come on just in time for the next storm, predicted to start on Wednesday. National Grid says they're looking and planning ahead of the storm.
"It's an act of God, they are doing the best they can - I appreciate what they do," said Kevin O'Donnell, of Cohasset.
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