[UPDATED: 12:50 p.m.] Hurricane Sandy: Watertown Info Center
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[UPDATED: Nov. 1, 12:50 p.m.]
Latest NSTAR update says 156 customers in Watertown still lack power. The utility said it aims to have power restored by tonight.
[UPDATED: Nov. 1, 6:50 p.m.]
NSTAR has been out fixing the remaining outages around Watertown. The number of customers still without lights is 174, or 1 percent of the town.
[UPDATED: Oct. 31, 5 p.m.]
Lights are coming on around town this afternoon, with the latest outage number down to 287, according to NSTAR.
Reports of trees and branches falling are still coming in over the scanner, so more Watertown residents may yet lose power.
[UPDATED: Oct. 31, 3:41 p.m.]
More power has been restored in town, with 406 customers still out, or 2 percent of customers. Waltham has 3 percent outage (959 customers), Newton 5 percent (1,868), Cambridge 1 percent (600) and Arlington 3 percent (609), according to the NSTAR outage report.
[UPDATED: Oct. 31, 12:25 p.m.]
Power is returning to Watertown quickly. As of 12:25 p.m. NSTAR reports that 417 customers still have outages, but that is down from more than 1,000 Monday morning.
Town Councilor Cecelia Lenk, who represents the Southside, said the lights came back on in her area this morning:
Power came on about 10 this morning. Cable/internet too. Verizon and NStar worked most of the night. ... Took a lot of work from elected officials - local and state, as well as town staff to keep this moving.
[UPDATED: Oct. 31, 7:37 a.m.]
The storm is more than 24 hours gone, but many in Watertown still have not power. NSTAR's outage report says 1,031 customers have not power, which is 6 percent of the total in town.
As of Tuesday night, NSTAR predicted that power would be restored by Thursday night.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 7:02 p.m.]
The number of outages is up again, with NSTAR reporting 838 customers have no lights tonight.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 5:32 p.m.]
NSTAR has repaired many of the outages around Watertown. The number of customers without power has dropped to 719.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2:03 p.m.]
The Arsenal Center for the Arts announced that the free text & conText event that was scheduled for Monday night has bee moved to Monday, November 5, because of Hurricane Sandy.
The number of outages keeps rising, up to 1,129, or 7 percent of all NSTAR customers in Watertown.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 1:25 p.m.]
The number of residents without power continues to grow today. NSTAR reports that there are now 1,101 customers without power.
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[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 12:09 p.m.]
The clean up continues after Hurricane Sandy.
Low hanging wires and fallen trees continue to be reported around town, including on Eliot Street.
The number of customers without power is up to 1,086, according to NSTAR. One reader said she heard from NSTAR that she might be without power until Friday.
Here is the latest statement from NSTAR:
Hurricane Sandy severely impacted NSTAR’s system, causing widespread damage and power outages. Crews will be working day and night to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
Along with our 3,000 employees, we have about 1,200 contracted workers from as far away as Texas, the Midwest and Washington State in place across our service area. Since last night, NSTAR has cut the number of customers without power in half, and we’ve restored power to over 243,000 customers since the start of the storm.
NSTAR customers should be prepared for prolonged power outages resulting from Hurricane Sandy. We encourage customers whose electric service is affected by the storm to report it by using our "Report an Outage" tool or by calling us at 800-592-2000.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 9:09 a.m.]
The Arsenal Mall opens at its regular time on Tuesday morning - 10 a.m.
Also, Town Hall is open today from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The number of customers without power in Watertown is up to 1,055, according to NSTAR.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 8:40 a.m.]
The impact of Sandy continues. A downed power line at 340 Arlington Street.
Also see the latest photos from Hurricane Sandy in Watertown.
[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 7:35 a.m.]
The storm blew through Monday evening, followed by a calm, and rainy night.
Many Watertown residents remain without electricity. NSTAR's Outage report said 1,030 customers in town, 6 percent of the total, have outages.
An 87-year-old woman escaped a scary situation Monday afternoon when a fire started in her second floor apartment on Templeton Parkway Monday after a tree fell on wires and then into the house.
For the second straight day, the Watertown Public Schools will be closed.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 9:09 p.m.]
Reports of flooding along Warren Avenue, near Lexington Street, according to scanner reports.
Also reports of basement flooding.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 7:21 p.m.]
Schools will be closed Tuesday, according to the closings list on the WBZ-TV website.
Power outage reported on Jewett Street on the Southside of town. First a reader reported a big tree down around 4:30 p.m. Just after 7 p.m., a reader reported a snapped utility pole on Jewett Street.
NSTAR reports that 813 customers have lost power, 5 percent of Watertown.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 6:18 p.m.]
Now a transformer arching at 60 Arsenal Street, may have lit a bush on fire.
Power outages reported on Templeton Parkway near Maplewood Street in East Watertown and near the Cunniff School in the West End.
NSTAR's latest update has 739 customers without power.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 6:12 p.m.]
A transformer is reportedly arching at 99 Arsenal Street, according to the scanner.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 5:45 p.m.]
A reader reports power is out on Coolidge Hill Road.
NSTAR is reporting that 700 customers in Watertown, or 4 percent of the total.
Also, a tree limb has fallen on wires on Union Street, according to scanner reports.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 5:25 p.m.]
A tree fell on a home on Byfield Street, according to scanner reports.
Also, wires are arching after a tree fell on it at Hall Street and Fairview Avenue, according to the scanner.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 4:59 p.m.]
A reader driving around town spotted a big tree near Watertown High School that has uprooted and is lying on the lawn, near the flag pole.
Scanner reports have a large tree down in the street on Columbia Street.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 4:43 p.m.]
NSTAR reports 309 customers in Watertown have lost power, about 2 percent of total.
A large tree fell on Commonwealth Road and may have hit wires, according to scanner reports. Damage to the roof and wires reported.
A tree is leaning against a home on Springfield Street near Fitchburg Street, and is up against wires.
All meetings planned for tonight in Town Hall have been cancelled, including the Public Works Committee.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 4:02 p.m.]
A reader reports that a tree fell on Longfellow Road.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 3:49 p.m.]
A man is trapped in his car at Summer and Mt. Auburn streets after a tree fell on his car, according to scanner reports.
NSTAR reports that 68 customers have lost power in Watertown, and the scanner just had a report that lights went off at Templeton Parkway and Belmont Streets, in the East End.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m.]
Watertown Firefighters had to remove a driver from a car on Templeton Parkway after a tree fell on the car and some wires, and then caught fire, according to scanner reports.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 3:13 p.m.]
Town Hall and the senior center closed early today, at 2 p.m.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 3:05 p.m.]
Reports of flooding have been called in to police at Warren and Brookline streets.
Lots of trees down all over town. A large tree fell across Russell Avenue and is sitting on wires. The roadway is completly blocked.
On Middlesex Road a tree completely uprooted, fell and hit some wires, according to scanner reports.
A tree fell into a home on Irving Street, according to scanner reports.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 1:18 p.m.]
A tree limb broke off a tree into the street on Arsenal Street near the Watertown Mall.
Also, a tree is down on wires on Templeton Parkway, according to the scanner.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 1:08 p.m.]
Trees falling left and right now that the winds have picked up in Watertown.
A large tree fell in the middle of Hillview Avenue, near the entrance to the Ridgelawn Cemetery, according to scanner reports.
A tree fell on Derby Road, according to scanner reports.
On Spruce Street, crews are investigating a tree branch may be on some wires.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 12:49 p.m.]
A branch is hanging on a wire on Bancroft Street. Also, crews are working on storm related damage on Arlington Street, near the Canadian American Club.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 12:25 p.m.]
A reader sent in a photo of a small tree that blew over and is leaning on a home on Cuba Street. Go here to see the photo.
Also, report a power outage to NSTAR on the NSTAR website, http://www.nstar.com/residential/outage_reports/default.asp?browser=d
Police and Fire Deptartments: 617-972-6500
Public Works: 617-972-6420
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m.]
The Arsenal Mall announced that it is closing at 12:30 p.m. Monday due to the storm. Officials said they want to ensure the saftey of shoppers and workers at the mall.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 11:51 a.m.]
A tree limb is down in the street on Standish Road, not far from Belmont Street, according to scanner reports.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 11:22 a.m.]
Trash and recycling pick up will happen today, Public Works officials said. As of now, trash and recycling pick up on Tuesday has NOT been cancelled. Follow Patch for updates.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 11:15 a.m.]
The billboard above Coolidge Hardware in East Watertown has been taken down and is resting next to a building, according to a Patch reader.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 11:03 a.m.]
Watertown Savings announced that all branches are closed today due to the storm.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 10:50 a.m.]
Low hanging wires at 66 Lexington Street have made the street impassable until the wires can be removed, according to the Watertown Emergency scanner.
The MBTA has canceled service starting at 2 p.m.
Also, Belmont Savings sent out a Tweet announcing that all branches will close Monday at 1 p.m. due to the storm.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 9:25 a.m.]
The Watertown Recreation Department announced that all recreation programs are cancelled and town parks are closed today during Hurricane Sandy.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 8:40 a.m.]
A couple of trees have fallen during the storm. A tree fell on Appleton Street, near Mt. Auburn Street, and took down some electrical wires, according to emergency scanner reports.
Also, a tree fell on Dana Terrace, off Summer Street near Watertown Square. Some wires also may have been damaged there, according to scanner reports.
[UPDATED: Oct. 29, 8:03 a.m.]
Rain has arrived in Watertown from Hurricane Sanday, bringing some wind. The storm remains a Category 1 Hurricane and sits off the coast of Virginia.
A few power outages have been reported in Watertown, according to NSTAR. The utility reports 6 customers have lost service, as of 8:01 a.m.
[UPDATED:Oct. 28, 6:21 p.m.]
Schools will be closed in Watertown on Monday. Watertown Educators Association President Debra King, who teaches at the Hosmer School, said she got word that classes will be canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Gov. Deval Patrick has requested that all public schools be closed for the storm.
[UPDATED: Oct. 28, 4:39 p.m.]
Winds from Hurricane Sandy predicted to start picking up in Watertown around dawn Monday, and the National Weather Services has issued a High Wind Warning from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
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