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Hopkinton public schools closed Tuesday because of downed power lines

Hopkinton public schools are closed Tuesday because of downed power lines that cut off electricity to three of the town’s schools, the school department tweeted.

High winds knocked down a tree on Ash Street, taking the power lines with it, town officials posed on social media Tuesday. The outage was not limited to the schools — 10 percent of the town, or about 680 customers, is without power as of 6:50 a.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

“When the schools lose power, we cannot be in session,’’ town officials posted on social media. “Eversource has been working to restore power, but it is not likely power will be back on in time to open school.”

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The post continued: “Therefore, THERE IS NO SCHOOL IN HOPKINTON TODAY, Tuesday, December 18, 2018.”

Town Department of Public Works crews traveled throughout the town, the starting point for the Boston Marathon, but did not see any significant damage other than the downed tree on Ash Street, according to town posts.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.