Power restored to more than 625,000 customers hit by blizzard

On February 8, 2013, a winter storm began impacting the Northeast U.S., bringing snow, heavy winds and coastal flooding to the region. The National Weather Service reported that total snowfall accumulations of two to three feet occurred across parts of eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

States of emergency were declared for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

As of 9:00 a.m. EST February 12, the impacted states report a total of 42,344 customers without power. 625,419 customers have been restored out of the 667,763 combined total peak customer outages reported in the situation reports for all eight states affected. Utility restoration activities are reported below.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts currently has about 38,642 outages as of February 12. A total of 402,814 outages were reported at peak. A total of 364,172 customers have had their power restored.

National Grid estimated February 12 that it would restore power to all of its customers by midnight February 12. More than 850 crews are in Massachusetts working to restore damage to lines and equipment. The company reported February 10 that in Massachusetts and Rhode Island there were more than 2,000 crews including National Grid personnel and additional crews from 26 states and two Canadian provinces.

February 11, NSTAR released town restoration estimates on its website. The company estimates that all customers will be restored by February 14. Personnel are focusing restoration efforts on customers in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where heavy snow and high winds caused the most damage. All 3,000 NSTAR employees are assisting in the storm response effort.

More than 1,000 individual line and tree workers, from as far away as Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Quebec, have been brought in to assist in the restoration.

New York

New York currently has about 2,219 outages as of February 12. A total of 13,973 outages were reported at peak. A total of 11,754 customers have had their power restored.

Long Island Power Authority reported February 12 that it is working to restore service to the few scattered outages remaining in its service territory. The company shifted resources into Suffolk County, where the all of the remaining outages are located.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island currently has about 1,483 outages as of February 12. A total of 185,908 outages were reported at peak. A total of 184,425 customers have had their power restored.

National Grid reported February 12 that its crews are working to restore the remaining customers without power located in Westerly and South County. The company reported February 10 that in Massachusetts and Rhode Island there were more than 2,000 crews including National Grid personnel and additional crews from 26 states and two Canadian provinces.

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The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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