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UPDATED: Wind And Heavy Rains Knock Out Power To Thousands In Dracut

Oct 30, 2017 01:03PM ● By Bill Gilman

Theresa Rauseo's photo shows the storm damage in her neighborhood.

 UPDATE AT 3:30 P.M.
National Grid is now reporting it could be up to 72 hours to restore power to all customers in the Merrimack Valley. Total without power in Massachusetts presently estimated at 272,000.

Almost six years after a monster Nor'easter blizzard dumped two feet of snow and knocked out power to thousands, Mother Nature has played another nasty Halloween trick on the Merrimack Valley.
A powerful storm, carrying high winds and dumping up to four inches of rain, ripped through the region Sunday night and into Monday morning. The storm took down trees and power lines, knocking out electricity to thousands of residents, damaging homes and making life miserable for commuters.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm brought wind gusts of 55-65 MPH. 
According to National Grid, more than 320,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses lost power at some point during the storm.   It was the most outages in the Bay State since Super Storm Sandy ripped across the area in 2012.
The Merrimack Valley was one of the areas of the state hardest hit by the storm. Almost 5,000 customers lost power in Dracut.
Dracut State Rep. Colleen Garry posted the following message on her Facebook page Monday morning.
"Just received notice from NG; as of now, approximately 4,500 (80%) without power in Dracut. We are looking at least 24 hours without power."
Due to the power outages and road issues, Dracut Public Schools were closed for Monday. No determination on Tuesday has yet to be made. Greater Lowell Tech is also closed Monday.
Dracut Town Hall also lost power and was closed Monday and all public meetings scheduled for Monday night have been cancelled.
By noon Monday, that number of customers without power across Massachusetts was down to 244,000, as hundreds of National Grid crews and thousands of municipal DPW employees worked to clear fallen trees and restore power lines and transformers.
A secondary issue for the low-laying regions is flooding. Several residents have reported basement and property damage from flash floods at the height of the storm.


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