Hundreds of crews remain in Massachusetts and ready for Winter Storm Skylar
March 12, 2018 – WALTHAM, MA – As Massachusetts recovers from the damage left by Winter Storms Riley and Quinn, another nor’easter is headed for the state, and National Grid is ready. Winter Storm Skylar is forecast to bring 8-16 inches of snow and strong, gusty winds to Massachusetts late tonight into Tuesday, and will be the third major storm to hit New England in less than two weeks. The company has been tracking the storm and is prepared, once again, with ample amounts of line and tree crews already on the ground in Massachusetts.
“Though spring is just around the corner, we’re ready for what winter keeps bringing,” said Cordi O’Hara, president and COO of National Grid in Massachusetts. “We have hundreds of line and tree crews pre-positioned throughout the state, including the areas that were hit the hardest during the past two nor’easters.”
While the exact path of the storm and forecast can change, National Grid is staging crews throughout Massachusetts, including on Nantucket, which could see wind gusts of up to 65 MPH. The company has planned for heavy snowfall and strong, gusty winds starting overnight tonight and lasting through Tuesday evening. Storm rooms in Massachusetts are opening tonight and remaining staffed day and night until the event and any subsequent restoration efforts are completed.
In just under two weeks and over the course of two destructive storms, the company has restored power to more than 548,000 customers across Massachusetts. Outages for National Grid customers peaked at more than 241,000 after Riley, and nearly 307,000 after Quinn. National Grid was in the midst of restoration efforts for Quinn as the company began planning for Skylar.
As always, National Grid urges customers to take precautions to stay safe before, during and after the storm, and provides several ways to stay connected and up-to-date on the important information about outages and service restoration.
Report or Check Outages
- Customers can check or report power outages in the following ways:
- Log into the report/check outage page on National Grid’s website. This is the best way for customers to check the estimated restoration time for their specific address.
- Go to the National Grid app and click on “report outage.”
- Call 1-800-465-1212.
We are keeping safety a priority:
- We urge customers to watch out for their own wellbeing and the safety of utility crews working during the storm. Here are some tips to help keep everyone safe:
- Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
- Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
- People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
- If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.
- If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored.
- Reminder: It’s not safe to work in an elevated bucket during periods of increased wind gusts. Our line workers begin restoration work only when conditions are deemed safe.
- Natural gas customers should closely inspect areas around and over gas meters, service hook-ups and vents for ice and snow that could damage equipment or prevent CO from properly venting.
- If you suspect a natural gas leak:
- Get Out – All occupants should leave the house immediately. Do not use the telephone or light switches for any reason.
- Call Us – After leaving the house and reaching a safe environment, call the National Grid 24-hour gas emergency numbers:
- Rhode Island:1-800-640-1595
- MA: 1-800-233-5325
- Stay Out – Do not return to your home until National Grid tells you it is safe.