When ferocious winds and horizontal snow yielded to sunshine, 89 thousand NSTAR customers-- 41 percent of all Cape residents, remained without power. One of them is the manager of my real estate office who has the additional concern of trying to make sure there is power to the office and the pipes don't freeze. She lives 30 miles away and hasn't had power since the beginning of the storm on Friday.
Forecasters predicted the moisture-rich ocean snow, and the hurricane-force winds in excess of 70 mph would threaten the power grid on the Cape and they were right. I still cannot believe my good fortune in losing power for a short time late Friday night. The majority of the 36-hour blizzard was spent in my home with the heat cranking and the lights on.
NSTAR has a color-coded "Outage Map"--cold comfort to those without power unable to access it to see how much company they have. The map should all be white. The darker the color, the greater the trouble. Many on the Cape and just beyond are struggling. The blackened areas, as the code below demonstrates, means entire towns are without power in this dangerous cold.
According to the NSTAR twitter feed, "hundreds of resources were in place before the storm and we're bringing in hundreds more". Here's hoping the skilled and determined line crews have speedy success. You don't realize how vital is electricity until you lose it.