Hundreds of Thousands Left Without Power Following Blizzard

By Vickie Frantz, Staff Writer
February 11, 2013; 2:55 AM ET
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A large limb from tree damaged the front of a house on River Street in Providence, R.I., after strong winds brought it down Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast on Saturday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

The blizzard that dropped feet of snow on the New England states over the last two days, has left more than 900,000 people without electricity.

Utility customers from northern Pennsylvania to the Canadian border in the northeast are trying to stay warm and using alternative methods to light their homes after several inches to a few feet of snow knocked out the power.

Dominion power sent crews from North Carolina and Virginia into New Jersey early Friday morning to offer assistance as the power restoration efforts started. According to the company Facebook page, the crews were headed back home Saturday as the local companies are making good progress on the outages and their help was not needed.

Below is a list of power outages for each of the New England States and New York. All totals are current as of 9 a.m. Sunday.

Rhode Island

The National Grid power company website showed a total of 72,675 customers still affected by the power outages with 1,307 actual power outages. The company could not be reached for comment.

Block Island Power Company had about 105 customers without service according to Brent Battey, Block Island Power Company engine monitor. Battey said, "It wasn't all that bad. We will have to quit after dark, but we expect to have all the power restored by tomorrow."


Connecticut Power and Light still had 25,992 people still affected by outages, according to their website.

The website for the NSTAR Electric and Gas company had a total of 180,424 customers affected by power outages. A recorded message for the company stated that they expect restoration to take multiple days due to the blizzard conditions.


National Grid for Massachusetts reported a total of 64,025 customers affected. The company could not be reached for comment.

According to the NSTAR website, there were 246,466 utility customers with no power as of Saturday afternoon.


Power interruptions in Vermont were minimal. As of Saturday afternoon, less than ten electricity customers were without power according to company websites. These outages may not be directly related to the blizzard.


About 150 of Central Maine Power's customers did not have electricity as of 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Bangor Hydro Electric Company website listed a total of 20 electricity customers without power.

New York

Long Island has the most power outages in the state of New York. The Long Island Power Authority website total of customers without power was 410, with 13,069 customers affected.

An online check of seven of the largest suppliers throughout New York yielded a total of 1,500 other families who were without power, as of Saturday afternoon.

As of Sunday morning at 9 a.m., aside from the multiple outages in Long Island, there were less than ten customers without power in the rest of New York.


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