Thousands of Massachusetts residents were left without power Saturday after a storm the night before toppled trees and felled power lines.
More than 1,400 customers were still without power as of 11:25 p.m. Saturday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The outages were mostly concentrated in Worcester, Franklin and Middlesex counties, according to MEMA.
About 70,000 customers were impacted by the storm, according to National Grid spokesman Frank Stella. Stella said that most of the repairs should be done by the end of the day, “except for some of those pockets in the hardest hit areas.”
“We want to have most people back on by midnight tonight,” said Maura McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for National Grid, adding that extra crews were sent out to try to maintain that timeframe.
Tyngsborough police, fire department and tree crews were at the scenes of downed power lines and closed several streets. North Tewskbury was left without power after lightning struck a telephone pole, police said.
Residents took to social media Friday night and Saturday morning to share images of trees that had been uprooted and snapped by the high winds.
The night’s lashings of wind and rain turned into clear skies and warmth in Boston by early Saturday morning. The day hit a high of 66 degrees in the early afternoon, which the National Weather Service predicted would fall to 48 degrees in the evening.
Milder weather is predicted for the rest of the week.
Sunday will finish out the weekend with partial sun expected and could get up to 68 degrees.
Monday will likely feature afternoon showers with a high near 56 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a chance of rain and high of 52 degrees.
Wednesday will likely see a partial return of the sun and is predicted to have a high of 56 degrees. Thursday will also be partly sunny, with a high of 63 degrees.
Friday will finish out the workweek with more sun, possible rain and a temperature high of 71 degrees.