BOSTON (CBS/AP) — About 250,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses remain without power days after an October nor’easter dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas.

As of 10 p.m., National Grid reports that 159,381 of its more than 1.2 million customers in the state remain without electricity.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. reports that about 83,000 of its 212,000 customers don’t have electricity.

About 12,000 NStar customers don’t have power, while under 1,000 of Unitil’s Massachusetts customers are without electricity.

Check: NStar’s Town-By-Town Estimates (.pdf)

Utility officials say it could be several days before everyone is back online.

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Comments (4)
  1. Laura Brock says:

    Hard to take NSTAR’s efforts in Acton very seriously given I saw NO trucks anywhere in town until today. NONE. O by the way the number of people in town without power went up by several hundred between noon and 4 pm today according to NSTAR’s own list The only contact I had with the company was an automated phone call Monday when they called me to tell me that they’d done work in our neighborhood and I was to press 1 if I was still out. I was and have been since 7:30 on Saturday,Given they’ve seemed to concentrate on areas like Framingham Walpole and Waltham I guess they’re just getting to us now.

  2. Matthew Andrews says:

    I think it is time that the electric companies are questioned about why are they not moving power cables under ground. This could also read across to phone companies.

    1. Nils Mörner says:

      Exactly! It would likely be cheaper in the long run and it would make the streets and neighborhoods look much nicer.

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