FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – About half-a-million homes and businesses across Massachusetts were still without power Monday, but Gov. Deval Patrick said most should have electricity restored soon.

Photos: Tropical Storm Irene

“Most of the utilities are telling us that most households should have power by tonight. But there’s a lot of work here to do in clearing trees, clearing limbs and getting power restored so just we ask for people to be patient and to be cautious as well.”

At the peak of Tropical Storm Irene Sunday, about 700,000 customers had lost electricity.

Check: Power Outage Update

The Governor returned to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters Monday afternoon to meet with authorities after touring damaged areas in Greenfield in western Massachusetts.

Patrick said 15 teams went across the state Monday to assess damage at 76 different locations.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

Comments (11)
  1. Liz says:

    I hope he’s right, but how can that be? I live in Foxboro where there isn’t any power and when I went to the National Grid website to check their status they said they may be working on it through the week. I realize they service many states, but how to do we get specific information about our neighborhoods?

  2. TCRehoboth says:

    National Grid does not seem to want to invest an appropriate level of resources to support their customer base. They had plenty of lead time to better prepare themselves for the storm. I lost power before 9:00 a.m. and couldn’t connect to their report line, either thru the internet or the telephone, until late in the afternoon. Their response up until this morning was that some customers would not have power until next weekend…..which is totally unacceptable. Their oversight authority should regulate to reduce their customer base to a more appropriate level of their ability to support their customers.

  3. lisa says:

    Oh please Deval. NSTAR stinks. We will be lucky to have power by the end of the week.

  4. EB says:

    I have the same question as Liz – I am hearing conflicting simultaneous reports – from town officials still saying it will take all week and the governor saying most people will have power today. If our town and state officials cannot be in agreement on something as concrete as power outages, what kind of condition are this state’s communication systems in for dealing with even more serious future disasters?!

  5. shirley shiver says:

    Why can’t the utility Co be required to provide regional updates to the public. Ntl Grid wii not be specific. Deval says one thing the town another and Ntl.Grid will not say anything but “we are working hard. Please just give us the truth and the facts so we can plan accordingly

  6. JCA says:

    Nothing Coupe Deville says can be trusted anymore. This is just another one of his lies.
    Good luck to you all, cause like everything else (unless you’re not here legally), you’re on your own.

  7. Jason says:

    Anyone remember Unitil and the ice storm? We need to get pro active before a HUGE storm hits us, and we’re without electricity for a month! And it’s happened already – talk to any Peterborough, NH resident about the ice storm of 2008. Irene was only a tropical storm… what if a cat 2 or 3 hits us? I’m buying a generator… these electric companies are out to lunch big time!

  8. Joe H. says:

    Patrick should know better ,a wise man once said ,better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your a fool,than to open it up and prove them right.

  9. Kimberly Raposa Camara says:

    Where is our disaster relief. Where are the trucks passing out ice and fresh food. We are always there for others. Where are they for us??????

  10. Jill says:

    Deval, shut the F**k up. You are an abomination. Who at NSTAR has their hands in your pants, you shameful excuse for a human, never mind a governor? Leader? You’re a joke.

    It was a rainstorm. That’s it. Shoved down our throats for a week. A full week of warning time and prep time. Who’s going to pay for my fridge/freezer full of spoiled food? I’m out of work for a week since I work from home on the computer. Are you going to subsidize me? You’re on the take, quite clearly, and so completely out of touch.

    The only sighting of an NSTAR vehicle since the rain Sunday was a single driver in a pickup truck eating at McDonald’s on Rt. 109 in Medway. Damn, NSTAR, life is good! How much are they all raking in on OT?????

    1. Elmer says:

      STAR = POWER
      N means NO

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