BOSTON (CBS) – It will be a long haul for many residents in coastal Massachusetts communities hardest hit by power outages from Friday’s storm. Several towns are telling their residents to prepare for days without power.

Across the state, hundreds of thousands of people had no power Saturday, after a powerful nor’easter knocked down lines across the region. As of 11:47 p.m. on Saturday, about 254,000 were without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

View: MEMA Power Outage Map

The majority of the outages are in the southeastern part of the state. In Duxbury, for example, 97% of the town was without power at the peak of outages. Emergency Management there warns it will be “days if not a week” before power is fully back on in town.

In Scituate, 92% of the town lost power and the town estimates it will be Monday before all power there is restored.

National Grid reported Saturday that they had nearly 500 line crews working to repair damage.

Emergency responders in a number of communities are urging people to be careful of downed wires when out and about Saturday. Power companies warn that you should treat any downed wire as a potentially live wire, and report it.

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