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Utilities’ response being closely watched

Unlike recent storms that left damage and darkness over a wide swath of the state, the worst of this weekend’s storm was in the eastern region, slamming communities like Quincy, Fall River, and Plymouth, and leaving large numbers without power for a few more days.

More than 420,000 National Grid and NStar customers lost power at the height of the storm, which hit portions of the companies’ electric transmission systems hard and ripped lines from poles. The outages, on top of flooding and high winds in areas like Scituate, forced many into shelters as the snow piled up.

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