UPDATED: 100 Waiting for Power
Five days after Irene came and went, all but 107 homes and businesses in Milford have had their power restored, according to a Friday morning update from National Grid.
UPDATED: The wait is nearly over for Milford residents and businesses waiting for electricity. National Grid reported Friday morning that all but 107 customers in town have had their power restored.
The outage update was posted at 10 a.m. on the National Grid website.
Most homes and businesses that lost power did so on Sunday. Outages peaked at about 5,000 on Sunday, nearly half of the utility company's customers.
Due to the extent of damage from Tropical Storm Irene, National Grid this week has advised its New England customers that full power may not be restored until Sunday. The extended power loss for some customers — whose livelihoods or health depends on electric — has been described as unacceptable by state Sen. Richard T. Moore, who is calling for a state review of utility company preparations for natural disasters.
The current National Grid outage map for Milford is available here..
Wednesday update: National Grid continued to work to restore power in Milford. But its website, which contains town-by-town outage information, has not been updated, so the progress is hard to track. As of 8 p.m., the utility was reporting 1,199 outages in Milford.
In individual cases, several Milford establishments reopened Wednesday, with full power. Among them: Milford Town Library and several downtown businesses.
In addition, the busy downtown intersection of Main Street at Jefferson had working lights by Wednesday morning.
For those outside Milford, who may be served by NStar, the utility is now releasing information on outages, by town. Go to its website and click on the "customer outages and restoration estimates" hyperlink.
Tuesday Update: The latest outage numbers released by National Grid indicate the utility has made progress in restoring power in Milford.
From 3,314 reported outages about noon Monday, the number has been whittled to 1,177, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The bad news? That means more than 1,000 homes and businesses still have no electrical service, and the utility is advising that power will not be fully restored until Sept. 4.
NStar, in an update posted at 4 p.m., reported that 60,000 of its customers were still waiting for power service throughout Massachusetts. The outages are concentrated in MetroWest, the South Shore and Cape Cod, the utility company spokesman said, in a recorded update. Specific figures for the Milford area were not available.
Power remained out in many homes and businesses on Monday morning, 24 hours after the storm started arriving in Milford.
The loss of electricity has resulted in unexpected business closures aross town. Many of the businesses that are open have long lines, especially if they serve hot food and coffee.
Coffee shops, univerally, were jammed Monday morning, as customers waited for hot coffee and tea. The line for the drive-thru at one Dunkin Donuts was 20 deep.
According to NStar, 200,000 of its customers in Massachusetts had no power Monday morning, as of an 11 a.m. update. The outages are evenly distributed across a wide area, including Boston, MetroWest and the South Shore, including Cape Cod.
Specific outages for NStar in Milford were not available.
Crews are working, a spokesman said, but service is expected to be out for many customers for "several days," due to the widespread nature of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, according to a message made available to media.
National Grid, which has about 12,500 customers in Milford, reported that 3,314 remained without electrical service Monday about 11:00 a.m.
To check on neighborhood outages, view the National Grid outage map.
ORIGINAL POST: Hurricane Irene is expected to arrive in New England as a tropical storm, but the winds associated with it are likely to knock out power across Massachusetts.
So far, the outages are scattered in the Milford area, according to the National Grid power outage map.