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  •  Transmission lines are down... (4+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, rebereads, Eyesbright, indie17

    ... in Quincy and Plymouth (which also took down the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant); most of the South Coast/South Shore have major outages.

    Our town up here next to Boston lost about 50%; a tree took down one line, a transformer exploded, and a pole snapped and its wires wrapped around a DPW truck.  

    Since no one was on the roads, the plows all diverted over to the trouble sites, and NStar got everyone's power back overnight.  And then they'll get 4 hours of sleep and head down to the Cape for major restoration.

    If they can get the transmission lines back, all of those "black" towns on the NStar outage map will change rapidly.

    Any word on what's happening with Unitil?  They've been such a mess the past two winters.

    •  Yuck! (3+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic, FlyingToaster, Dvalkure

      Coastal MA is such a mixing bowl of mess during these storms. I grew up NW of Boston, but the northshore and the Cape were always under seige during winter.
      Thankfully, the contour of coastal ME tends to shrug it off more easily. So far.

      "On a normal dog day, I can sit still for hours on end with no effort." enzo, The Art of Racing in the Rain

      by rebereads on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:51:27 AM PST

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      •  Mt. Desert Island, here (3+ / 0-)
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        indie17, FlyingToaster, Onomastic

        Haven't lost power at all, amazingly ! Still snowing hard and blowing a little less fiercely, but still blowing strong gusts. Have to thank the wind since my car is blown mostly clear - unlike Bill in Portland !

         My cousin is in Wareham, Mass., just before the cape and her power is out, she says they say for a week ! I hope NOT - she has an LP gas fireplace to keep her from freezing up, but that's a long time to be without power.

         A couple of years ago the power Co. here buried the lines coming over the causeway to the Island and that has really made a big difference. Used to be outage every time some one sneezed in the wrong location.

        “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

        by Dvalkure on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:34:29 PM PST

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        •  If they can't get the transmission lines up today (3+ / 0-)
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          Dvalkure, Onomastic, Ginny in CO

          ... or tomorrow then it'll probably be Tuesday before they can try again.  You can't string what we used to call "High Tension" lines in a rainstorm like the one due Monday.

          Once the transmission lines are up, then they'll start loading the circuit neighborhood-by-neighborhood, so they can detect and fix any more local outages as they go.  5 days is looking pretty much what most of the South Shore/South Coast/Cape are going to be dealing with.

          •  Thanks for the explanation (2+ / 0-)
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            FlyingToaster, Onomastic

            It seemed like a long time, but what you say makes it more understandable.
             She's an EMT/fire dept. volunteer, so she spent time at the firehouse with a generator and she'll have more shifts there to break up the long dark.

            “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

            by Dvalkure on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:33:01 PM PST

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