Storm knocks out power to 379K


BOSTON (AP) - A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to about 379,000 Massachusetts customers and shuttered a nuclear power plant.

On Saturday afternoon, NStar reported about 248,000 customers out and National Grid about 131,000. Most are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where there was wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph. Both companies say it may take several days to restore power.

National Grid Massachusetts president Marcy Reed said transmission line damage is affecting the hardest hit areas, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. She said outages haven't topped recent storms such as Sandy and Irene.

NStar Electric President Craig Hallstrom said it's pushing forward with restoration from "devasating" damage in its southern service area.

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth shut down after losing off-site power. Authorities say there's no threat to public safety.


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