As restoration moves into the overnight hours, outage numbers continue to reflect the work in the field to bring customers back online. We estimate that the majority of our customers will be back on by the end of the day Tuesday. Some individual service issues, as well as isolated pockets of customer outages may last into Wednesday. Crews will work through the night to continue restoration efforts.
As of 10:00 p.m. an estimated 11,289 of Unitil’s 103,000 electric customers system wide are reporting no power, down from a peak of approximately 70,000, which occurred overnight Saturday and into Sunday. Of those customers, 5,346 of Unitil’s 28,000 customers in Massachusetts are without power, down from a peak of roughly 24,000 customers and 5,943 of Unitil’s 75,000 customers in New Hampshire are without power, down from a peak of approximately 46,000.
“As we get to the end of the evening we’ve restored power to more than 75 percent of customers affected by the storm. We will continue to update our outage numbers accordingly,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said. “Crews are working overnight throughout the service territory to get customers back on as quickly as possible. We ask for our customers’ patience as we work around the clock to restore power to 100 percent of our customers.”
Approximately 300 crews, some from as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Canada are working on the system in shifts around the clock to restore power. The crews, which range from traditional bucket trucks to civilian vehicles to a helicopter which flew the system to check off-road corridors, provide specialized work. They include line, tree, pole-setting, damage assessment and wires down teams.
Again, we urge customers still experiencing outages to call the following toll-free numbers:
Customers who use portable generators during power outages must do so safely. Otherwise, the result could be far worse than the loss of electricity: injury or death to you, someone else or a line worker.
An improperly installed or positioned generator can cause exhaust, containing deadly carbon monoxide, to accumulate in your dwelling. Gas appliances that are not getting a sufficient supply of air can release carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas. Watch for things like yellow flames, flickering flames or soot that might indicate an appliance with a problem. Installing a carbon monoxide detector can help detect this odorless and colorless gas before it becomes a dangerous concern.
In addition, such generators can “backfeed” electricity into the distribution lines and electrical equipment, seriously injuring or electrocuting a line worker or anyone who may touch a now-energized line thought to be dead. More important safety messages on generator usage can be found online at Unitil.com.