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More than 2,900 NStar customers in Natick without power this afternoon due to Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 29, 2012 05:01 PM

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Over 2,900 people have lost power in Natick as of 5 p.m., according to utility company power outage maps.

NStar's power outage map shows that 2,927 of its Natick customers have lost electricity. That number is about 18 percent of the nearly 16,300 Natick customers the company serves.

According to the Town of Natick's website, numerous reports of downed trees have been received. Officials are reminding residents not to touch any wires or objects touching wires.

Nearly 20 Natick streets have wires down as of 4:45 p.m., including: Euclid Circle, Glen Street, Euclid Avenue, Felch Road, Route 16 East (from South Street to Wellesley College), South Street, Rockland Street, Fairview Avenue, Pond Street, Grove Road, Buckingham Road, Wentworth Road, Bailey-Hill Road, Jackson Court, Tyler Street, Boden Lane, Countryside Road, Propsect Street and Kendall Lane.

Neighboring Sherborn is one of the worst hit in the area so far: 1,642 NStar customers are without power, approximately 95 percent of the company's customer base there. Framingham has also been hit fairly hard: there are 3,478 NStar outages reported there, which is about 12 percent of NStar's Framingham customers.

National Grid has no reported power outages in the area on its power outage map.

More than 170,000 electric customers were without power this afternoon in Massachusetts. As of 4 p.m., about 82,000 National Grid customers had lost power, along with about 84,000 NStar customers, in addition to others.

“We have close to a thousand crews working on storm restoration,” Caroline Pretyman, NStar spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

So far there have been no reports of injuries or serious damage, Governor Deval Patrick said at a 3:30 p.m. news conference.

“All in all, I think we’re holding our own,” he said.

At the same time, Patrick cautioned that the state was only 1 1/2 hours into a period of high winds that is expected to last until 11 p.m.

“I think it’s going well, but it’s Nature and it can change in a minute,” he said.

Some important numbers to report a hurricane-related emergency or loss of power can be seen on Boston.com.

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