National Grid has restored nearly 300,000 customers (including over 100,000  overnight) throughout New England as of Thursday morning, following a powerful Nor’easter that began Tuesday night and lingered in the region throughout most of Wednesday. As of 9 am, 160,113 (146,429 in MA; 13,684 in RI) customers remained without power. 

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National Grid says that it secured additional external crews who joined its restoration effort yesterday. There are now 3,691 field-based personnel as part of our emergency response operations across New  England. This includes overhead line, forestry, contractors, underground, damage assessment,  wires down, transmission, and substation workers. This also includes 689 external line crews and  365 external forestry crews. 

“I’m proud of our crews who have continued to work safely in very challenging conditions to restore  power so many of customers, but we’re very mindful that our job is not done until every customer is  restored,” said Michael McCallan, Vice President of New England Electric Operations in a statement. “Today we  continue our focus on restoring our remaining impacted customers as safely and quickly as  possible, while also working to provide more refined estimated times for restoration.” 

Damage from the storm, which brought wind gusts over 80 mph across the region is widespread,  with the hardest hit areas ranging along Eastern Massachusetts and throughout Rhode Island. The  restoration effort is expected to last for multiple days, with the majority of customers restored by  Saturday morning.  

National Grid will continue to update estimated time of restoration (ETRs) in its outage central map  today to provide the public with town level estimates – representing the estimated time the last  customer in the community can expect to be restored.  

Estimating the time of power restoration is not an exact science. Work volume, the cause of the  outage, and the extent of the damage can all affect time estimates. It’s also normal for outage  numbers and ETRs to fluctuate. The numbers can go up and down as an ongoing storm causes  new outages and/or as we de-energize lines to make conditions safe for repairs and restoration. Additionally, there could be new outages that occur that are separate from storm-related outages. 

The Company offers the following tips and reminders:  

Customers Should Stay Connected:  

• Report power outages at www.nationalgridus.com or call 1-800-465-1212.

• Use your mobile device to track outage information and storm-related safety tips through  National Grid’s mobile site accessible at www.ngrid.com/mobile. 

• Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram; we post all the latest storm  and restoration updates. 

• Track outages and estimated restoration times at www.nationalgridus.com/outage-central • To stay connected during storms and outages, text to 64743 using any of the below  commands. 

o REG to sign up for text alerts  

o OUT to report an outage 

o SUM followed by your town, county, or state to get a summary of outages in your  area 

o HELP for the full list of commands  

• Customers are also encouraged to ensure National Grid has their current email address  and phone number on file. This helps us communicate important updates regarding storms  or outages. Customers can review their contact information at ngrid.com by clicking on  “sign in/register.” 

Stay Safe:  

• Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric  wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency  response organization.  

• Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well  pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as  well as some canned food.  

• People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator,  should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s  Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.  

• Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during  an outage period.  

Electric Safety: 

• If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors.  Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the  main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the  safety of line crews and the public.  

• If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave  one light on so you will know when power is restored.  

• Reminder: It’s not safe to work in an elevated bucket during periods of increased wind  gusts. Our line workers begin restoration work only when conditions are deemed safe.  

Gas Safety: 

• If you suspect a natural gas leak: 

Get Out – All occupants should leave the house immediately. Do not use the  telephone or light switches for any reason. 

Call Us – After leaving the house and reaching a safe environment, call the  National Grid 24-hour gas emergency numbers: 

• New England:1-800-640-1595

Stay Out – Do not return to your home until National Grid tells you it is safe.  

Additional safety information may be found at https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Home/Storm Safety/ 

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).