Blackout after storm startles Hudson

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By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Cars approach a darkened Wood Square rotary in Hudson, navigating the active construction site by the light of a sole emergency fixture amid a blackout Sunday.
photo/Dakota Antelman

Hudson – An intense thunderstorm left downtown Hudson dark Sunday night after lightning strikes knocked out vital electrical infrastructure.

Lasting more than three hours in some places, the blackout impacted much of the downtown area and triggered multiple fire alarms according to the Hudson Firefighters’ Union.

The outage set up a ghostly scene on Washington Street as street lights and traffic signals switched off. Downtown, a similar sight unfolded as the Wood Square rotary, which is currently under undergoing a redesign, was illuminated by a lone emergency light.

In line with the Firefighters’ Union statement, first responders could be seen responding to an alarm at Burger King on Washington Street.

A larger group of firefighters, police, and Hudson Light and Power (HLP) workers also gathered at the intersection of Grove and Summer streets just a few hundred feet down the road from HLP headquarters.

“‪We are aware of the outages caused by the storm,” HLP said in a Facebook post Sunday night. “Crews have been dispatched and are working on getting power restored.”

Weather forecasters warn thunderstorms could return Monday and Wednesday night across the region.