Storm knocks out power in southern New England, forces school closures

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of customers were left without power after a storm brought high winds and heavy rains to southern New England.

Electric utilities National Grid and Eversource combined were reporting more than 300,000 customers without power in Massachusetts as of about 7 a.m. Monday.

About 152,000 Eversource customers were without power in Connecticut, while United Illuminating reported about 5,700 customers in the dark in the state.

National Grid had more than 140,000 customers without power in Rhode Island.

The weather prompted dozens of schools across the region to either cancel classes entirely or delay the start of school.

The storm brought sustained winds of up to 50 mph in some spots, with a gust of 82 mph reported in Mashpee on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.