BOSTON (CBS) – Eversource crews are ready to respond to potential power outages in Massachusetts on Monday during a storm that is expected to bring a little bit of everything to the region.
Beyond The Forecast: What To Expect For Monday Storm
Spokesman Chris McKinnon said Eversource has been preparing for several days ahead of the storm, with additional crews on standby if needed. Massachusetts is expected to receive high winds, snow and rain starting early Monday morning.
High wind gusts are the biggest concern in Eastern Massachusetts, while the central and western parts of the state will deal with heavy and wet snow along with potential icing.
“We have to prepare for a ‘kitchen sink’ type scenario,” McKinnon said, noting that Eversource has extra crews ready to respond to power outages.
“In Eastern Mass. right now our main concern are those high wind gusts to the electric system, bring powerlines and what not,” McKinnon said. “As we move toward Central and Western Massachusetts, you’re also dealing with the threat of that heavy wet snow, or maybe even some icing in areas which can bring down tree limbs.”
People are urged to keep their devices charged in the event of a power outage. Customers who lose electricity should contact Eversource, but anyone coming across downed power lines should assume they are live and call 911.
Nation Grid said it has also secured additional overheard and forestry crews ahead of the storm with high winds expected. As part of its emergency response team, National Grid has 1,886 crew members. Two line crews are staged on Nantucket ahead of the storm.
“In the event of a power outage, our crews and support teams will be working for as long as needed to restore service as quickly as conditions allow,” said Michael McCallan, vice president of New England electric operations.
MassDOT issued a winter storm advisory urging drivers to stay off the roads Sunday night into Monday morning.
The city of Worcester declared a parking ban Sunday night.