BOSTON (AP) — A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts customers and shuttered a nuclear power plant.
More than 400,000 people were without power at the height of the storm, though that number was dropping steadily by Saturday evening. Many of the outages were in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where there was wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph. Both National Grid and NStar say it may take several days to restore power to everyone.
The outages were fewer than in recent storms such as Sandy and Irene.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth also shut down after losing off-site power. Authorities say there’s no threat to public safety.