Thousands of people were still without power in Massachusetts on Tuesday, but the number of powerless customers continues to decline steadily, according to state officials.
As of 12:45 p.m., there were 13,831 customers affected by power outages, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Earlier Tuesday, some 21,000 customers were without power.
That was a marked improvement from the weekend, when a powerful nor’easter pummeled the coast of Massachusetts and left more than 400,000 customers without electricity.
By Tuesday afternoon, Eversource officials reported 4,155 customer outages in Eastern Massachusetts, and National Grid reported 9,271 outages throughout the state.
National Grid officials said their crews were working to restore electricity in the hardest-hit areas of southeastern Massachusetts. In a statement posted on the utility company’s website Tuesday, officials said they expect those customers to be fully restored by midnight.
“Crews continue to focus on restoring service to customers who remain without electricity in the hardest hit areas of Pembroke, Norwell, Easton, and Scituate, which we expect to be fully restored by midnight tonight,” National Grid officials wrote.
“Power has been restored to 95 [percent] of the over 241k customers impacted by this weekend’s powerful storm, and we’re laser focused on that remaining five percent.”
At its peak, 94 percent of customers in the town of Easton were without electricity, according to Easton Town Administrator Connor Read. By Tuesday afternoon, that figure was down to 5 percent, he said.
“It’s been a challenging situation,” said Read, who credited local residents with being “extraordinarily patient” as crews worked to get the power back.
On Tuesday morning, Duxbury fire Captain Rob Reardon reported that all street power had been restored in the town, but some homes were still without electricity.
“All but approximately 300 Duxbury homes have had power restored,” Reardon tweeted. “Many of these homes have had damage to their house service and @EversourceMA continues to work on these. In the case of damage to the house, service [by] an electrician might be needed.”
Reardon also wrote that the department responded to more than 250 calls during last weekend’s nor’easter. “We now will prepare for the next storm,” he wrote.
Crews are working as hard as they can to get repairs done in Marshfield, all while battling the tide and wind. pic.twitter.com/i5vFuTxdYe— Eversource MA (@EversourceMA) March 5, 2018
Our @nationalgridus crews (pictured here working on Guild Rd in #Brockton, #MA) continue to restore power. 3% of Brockton customers are without power as of 6:00 p.m. & we are making steady progress. We are getting to the side streets now. pic.twitter.com/Z6IqeJ6GqW— Maura Mone (@MauraMoneNGrid) March 5, 2018
Extensive tree damage and flooding challenged us as we began restoration in #SouthShore #MA communities like #Scituate, #Cohasset & #Norwell. Our priorities have been getting all schools and water pumping stations re-energized, as we work toward full restoration. @nationalgridus pic.twitter.com/hFGnIiqVVW— Maura Mone (@MauraMoneNGrid) March 5, 2018