BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Howling high winds and whipping rain are causing power outages across Massachusetts.
The state’s major utilities are reporting a combined 24,000 customers without power late Thursday morning, down from 38,000 earlier in the day.
National Grid says more than 20,000 of its customers are without electricity, most in Worcester and Norfolk Counties.
NStar reports about 3,100 of its customers are without power while Western Mass. Electric Co. is reporting about 1,200.
Unitil had just a few dozen outages and never had more than 200 Massachusetts customers without energy.
Temperatures are in the upper 50s, with winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour.
The Blue Hills Observatory outside Boston reported a 77 mph gust.
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