Power restored to all Massachusetts households tonight

Nearly a week after Tropical Storm Irene caused massive outages, power was restored statewide by 10:30 tonight.

At 8:30 p.m., all NStar customers had power restored. National Grid announced two hours later that all customers had power restored.

National Grid said its utility workers had been working tirelessly to return electricity to the 1,093 customers who had been without power this morning.

The company said its crews targeted the toughest hit areas in 13 communities: Abington, Attleborough, Franklin, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Norton, Norwell, Pembroke, Rehoboth, Scituate, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

Most of the remaining National Grid customers in the dark were in the South Shore and South Coast areas.


NStar workers had been going door to door to 300 of its customers in the MetroWest area, including Framingham, Walpole, and Acton, said spokeswoman Caroline Allen, before everyone had power restored.

“These are individual houses, which means they have to be serviced one by one,’’ she said.

Accompanied by heavy wind and rain, the storm snapped trees like twigs and cut down electrical poles and power lines. More than 750,000 NStar and National Grid customers lost power, and families resorted to using candles, backyard grills, and flashlights to make it through the week.

“The main challenge has been the immense amount of damage’’ the storm caused, Allen said. “In many places we’ve had to rebuild the electrical system because the trees had taken down the poles and wires.’’

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