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More than 1,500 Waltham NStar customers without power due to hurricane

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 29, 2012 05:15 PM

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More than 1,500 NStar customers in Waltham have lost power as of 5 p.m. today, according to utility power outage maps.

That number makes up about 5 percent of NStar's customer base there, as the company serves almost 29,000 Waltham customers.

Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said earlier that there was one downed cable wire line reported to the town, located across from the Party Needs store at 411 Waverly Oaks Rd. She said the wires inspector has responded to the incident.

McCarthy also said that residents are using the city's emergency shelter, located at Jonathan Bright Elementary School at 260 Grove St. The shelter opened at noon today.

Waltham has also cancelled all public schools today due to the hurricane. Nearby colleges Brandeis and Bentley have also cancelled classes.

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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