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National Grid Making Progress on Restoring Electricity to Customers

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — National Grid is making headway in restoring electricity to customers across Massachusetts.

In a release sent to ABC40 News Tuesday evening, National Grid says it has brought back power to half of the 237,000 customers it serves in the state.

The company also stated that three-fourths of remaining customers will have power by midnight Thursday with restoration complete by midnight Friday.

They will post town-specific restoration times on their website by midnight Tuesday.

National Grid reports that crews worked yesterday afternoon and overnight to restore electricity to additional customers who were affected early in the storm.

Sandy took down 10,000 wires, knocked out power to 11 transmission lines and eight substations that serve large numbers of Massachusetts customers, as well as 60 main distribution lines that deliver electricity to homes and businesses.

More than 500 National Grid and supplemental line and tree crews are continuing their work at removing trees from power lines and repairing and replacing poles, lines, transformers and other equipment that was damaged.

Crews from 31 states and two Canadian provinces are in the state assisting with the restoration.

President of National Grid, Marcy Reed says, “We want our Massachusetts customers to know that we are out in full force, working to restore their power as quickly and safely as possible,”

The company delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

To view the latest on the power outage situation here in Western Mass. click here.

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