Thousands of Massachusetts households were left without power after a storm swept through the region Sunday, officials said.
The storm brought heavy winds, strong rainfall and severe thunderstorm risks throughout the state from 8 p.m. to after midnight. By around 12:35 a.m. Monday, 20,150 homes and businesses in the commonwealth had no electricity, forecasters said.
As of 6:30 a.m., that number had dropped to 3,761, with the most outages reported in Franklin, Worcester and Essex counties, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA) power outage map, which aggregates data from the state’s four power companies every 15 minutes.
Haverhill in Essex County was reporting the most outages at 552. In New Salem, 363 households were without power, amounting to roughly 70% of the Franklin County town. In Worcester County, 374 Petersham homes and businesses lost power, or 58% of the community.
Wind gusts as high as 65 miles per