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Utilities warn that high winds could delay power restoration

As Hurricane Sandy draws nearer, the storm’s increasingly high winds and lashing rains will prevent utility crews from safely working to restore outages, meaning that Massachusetts residents who lose power should be prepared for the lights to stay off for a prolonged period.

Utilities typically won’t send a crew out into a storm with winds over 30 miles an hour, according to Marcy Reed, National Grid’s president in Massachusetts.

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