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Power outages occurring locally, thousands impacted statewide

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(Amherst downed wires on East Pleasant St.) (Amherst downed wires on East Pleasant St.)

Thousands of customers lost power Sunday morning across Massachusetts and in western Mass. hundreds of customers were affected as well as the outages continued into the afternoon.

Western Mass News started seeing power outages being reported at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday for our viewing area.

National Grid told us at about 8:30 a.m. that they were experiencing 6,000 customers without power throughout the state.

Here locally, power outages were being reported in several communities. At 8:45 a.m. Eversource Outage Map showed 784 customers without electricity in Amherst, and 43 in Springfield.  Eversource representative, Toni Berlandy at 9:38 a.m. told us they expected power to be back by about noon, "although the wind is starting to pick up." 

Most customers in that community as of 2:30 p.m. have seen their power returned.  

Over in Greenfield though, Eversource picked up 129 outages at around that time on their map after a transformer on Bernardston Rd. caught fire. Police posted a photo of the scene at about 2 p.m. Sunday saying, "The road will be closed between Lovers Lane and Meadow Wood Ave until it is safe to open."

For National Grid, their Outage Map at 8:45 a.m. showed 495 customers without power in Palmer and 115 in Monson.  As of 2:30 p.m. many customers in Monson, except for 7, saw their power returned. In Palmer, there were no outages being reported anymore.  However 39 customers in Brimfield were now experiencing power outages. 

Representative, Mary-Leah Assad told us they were prepared for widespread outages today across the state because of the windy weather and have brought in outside crews to assist with making repairs.

"Trees taking down wires, which is what happened in Monson, the high winds themselves can take down wires down...It's all going to be weather related today," she explained.

She also told us, “We’re asking customers to let us know if they do lose power. That's very important. Number to call is 1-800-465-1212.  We’re asking people to remain patient, while we work on making repairs.”

We'll continue to follow this story closely today and as new information emerges we'll provide an update.

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