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Mother Nature Gives out Tricks for Halloween

Crews from National Grid work to restore power along Northbridge St. in Mendon on Monday, October 30. The Northbridge St. outage ended late in the afternoon following the weekend storm that hit region, downing trees, cutting power and closing schools. Steve Bigda photo

Five years after Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, a new storm barreled its way in to the region late Sunday, October 29 through early Monday, October 30. The storm was the combination of a strong cold front that came in from the west, loads of moisture from tropical system Phillipe, which roared up the East Coast from the Caribbean, and dip in the jet stream about five standard deviations from normal. Similar to events that produced the Perfect Storm in 1991, this storm was much less strong than that event, though the region was walloped with heavy rains and strong winds.

Wind gusts, which were strongest along the coast and southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island were reported at over 80 miles per hour on the Cape and in Narragansett, R.I.

According to National Grid, over 300,000 customers in Eastern Massachusetts were without power Monday morning. Locally, as of 10 a.m. on Monday, 1,896 customers in Upton out of 3,107 were without power, while in Mendon 1,222 out of 2,514 were without power.

Trees and limbs, littered yards and roads. While low-lying areas experienced some flooding. Mendon and Upton Police, Fire, and Highway Departments, along with local utility companies, battled downed power wires and trees blocking roads throughout the day on Monday and into Tuesday.

The start of school was delayed by 2-hours on Monday for Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School and the Mendon Upton Regional School District was forced to cancel school for the day after numerous parts of Mendon were without power and access roads were blocked by trees. Over 100 districts across the state were closed for the day on Monday and some even into Tuesday.

As quickly as the storm came, it left the region late Monday morning taking the wind and rain with it but leaving a wake of downed trees and power lines behind. Several streets in Mendon were still without power on Tuesday morning including Park St., which was closed in both directions on Monday due to fallen trees taking down power lines. Park St. was open by Tuesday morning.Northbridge St. in Mendon also experienced a prolonged outage due to downed limbs and trees close to the Mendon-Northbridge town line.


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