Hundreds of thousands in Mass. with no power

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BOSTON (AP) - The winds have died down and the moon was shining through breaks in the early morning clouds, but more than 300,000 customers of major Massachusetts utilities remained without power in the wake of Sandy.

More than 209,000 National Grid customers were without power as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, with Merrimack Valley communities among the hardest hit.

NStar was reporting nearly 83,000 customers without power, with the Lakeville-Freetown area one of the most affected areas.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. had about 8,000 outages and Unitil about 1,500.

The MBTA, which shut down at 2 p.m. Monday, resumed normal service at 5 a.m. Tuesday but warned commuters that there would be delays. Service on the Providence/Stoughton Line between Mansfield and Wickford Junction stations was suspended due to downed trees and power lines.


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