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Roughly 8,000 remain without power Saturday with more wind, rain on the way

Crew members from Holland Power Services remove branches they cut down that fell on power lines on Main Street following this week's nor'easter.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Thousands of customers remained without power late Saturday as another round of rain and wind moved through Massachusetts and southern New England following a punishing nor’easter that struck earlier last week.

Eversource and National Grid said their goal was to restore service to most customers Saturday, while Governor Charlie Baker told reporters during a tour of storm damage in Marshfield Saturday afternoon that Halloween night festivities “should go pretty much according to plan.”

Officials had warned that completing repairs would take days. As of about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, roughly 8,000 customers in the state were without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.The bulk of those outages were in southeastern Massachusetts, including Plymouth, Wareham, and Brockton.

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Eversource said it was aiming to have service restored by 6 p.m., but at 11:30 about 2,300 customers were still without power; National Grid reported about 5,900 customers without power in Massachusetts about 11:30 p.m.

Saturday’s storm wasn’t nearly as bad as the wild weather that battered the southeastern part of the state late Tuesday and lasted well into Wednesday .

Thousands of crews from Massachusetts, and from other states and Canada, have been working since midweek when the nor’easter hammered the region with heavy rains and wind gusts — some as high as 90 miles per hour.

The storm toppled trees and knocked out power for about a half-million customers and forced more than a dozen schools to close Wednesday and Thursday.

Among the thousands without power on Saturday were about 1,500 customers who had been affected by the nor’easter earlier in the week, according to spokesman William Hinkle.

Eversource was able to “substantially complete” restoring service to customers by 6 p.m. Saturday, Hinkle said.

Both utilities have asked the public to report any downed power lines to them, or call 911.

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“We are going to be doing whatever we can with safety in mind,” Hinkle said.

Eversource had more than 5,000 workers restoring service Saturday, according to Hinkle. More than 1,000 of them came from other states, including Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, plus Canada, he said.

Christine Milligan, a spokeswoman for National Grid, said the utility had 3,491 workers in the affected areas Saturday, according to Milligan. That figure includes nearly 1, 000 workers.

Workers from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey were part of the effort, she said, along with crews from Canada.

One challenge facing crews is the number of utility poles that were damaged, she said. National Grid had to repair more than 150 poles on the South Shore alone, each requiring up to eight hours to fix.

Crews will be able to work through Saturday night’s inclement weather, though workers using bucket trucks to reach overhead lines will pause if wind gusts become too strong, the representatives from both utilities said Saturday.

“We’ve got people out there, and we’ve got to keep them safe,” Milligan said.

Simpson said the stormy weather should be out of the region in time to allow for a bright, mild day for Halloween, which is expected to be partly sunny with highs in the mid-60s. The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 40s.

In Marshfield Saturday, Baker said he was looking for a normal holiday Sunday.

“We wanted Sunday to be Halloween, and for kids and adults to enjoy it as they should be able to,” he said. “Let’s face it: it’s been a long time since anybody’s had what we would describe as a normal Halloween.”

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Responding to a reporter’s question, Baker said he believed the state’s storm preparations were in “pretty good shape” following the nor’easter, but would take a closer look.

“We’ll take a look and talk to the utilities about the things we can do going forward to make sure that we limit the damage,” Baker said, who noted the storm wasn’t atypical for the region.

“We live in New England, this kind of stuff happens,” Baker said.

Globe correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.