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Hingham sees limited power outages from Wednesday wind storm

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 31, 2013 01:39 PM

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Hingham officials say that despite a few power outages, the town fared amid Wednesday's strong winds.

According to Hingham Municipal Light Plant General Manager Paul Heanue, only a few dozen customers lost power, and those outages were short-lived.

“There were a number of trees that came over in town. We probably had a dozen or so individual services that came off of houses, and we had one small area outage, 20-25 houses. But considering how windy and rainy it got around 4 a.m -- 5 a.m this morning, we did pretty well,” he said.

All the outages had been resolved as of Thursday morning. By 10:30 a.m., Heanue said all crews were back on their regular work schedule.

Hingham experienced winds as high as 65 miles per hour, according to Hinghamweather.com. Nearby at Blue Hills Observatory, winds gusted to 81 miles per hour – hurricane force.

The winds were accompanied by downpours, and trees and wires were down on Jones Street, Cushing Street, Derby Street, and Garrison Road, the website reported.

Hingham Police said they received 14 calls of downed trees or limbs, and seven more for downed wires from midnight to noon on Thursday.

Hingham’s Department of Public Works did not return calls for comment; cleanups by the department could continue into Thursday evening.

According to the weather website, the worst of the winds died down when the rain ended, but Hingham can expect to see gusts in the range of 35 to 45 m.p.h. Temperatures are also expected to drop this afternoon, the website said.

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