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Mass. Power Outages Down To 143,000

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Methuen residents hoping crews come soon to restore power Thursday. (Photo by Sera Congi)

Methuen residents hoping crews come soon to restore power Thursday. (Photo by Sera Congi)

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — More than 143,000 Massachusetts homes and business are still in the dark five days after an October nor’easter whacked the state, and top officials are losing their patience.

National Grid reported Thursday afternoon that more than 79,000 of its customers are without electricity.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. says about 64,000 customers don’t have power.

NStar says less than 300 of its customers are without power and are expected to be back online later Thursday.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday expressed frustration with the pace of power restoration.

Attorney General Martha Coakley has called for a formal investigation into the restoration efforts and how prepared the utilities were for the storm.

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