Arctic blast leads to power outages in area


Arctic blast leads to power outages in area
On Feb. 3, Grafton Fire responded to 11 Sartell Road on a report that a tree fell onto a house. There were no injuries. (Photo/Grafton Fire Department)

REGION – The Arctic blasts that sent the region into below-zero conditions late Friday into Saturday have caused some power outages.

Southborough Fire said a power outage in the Pine Hill area will last throughout Saturday. Police and fire crews are in the area to assist residents as needed.

The outage was the result of a transformer fire late Friday night. The fire left the road between 89 and 79 Pine Hill impassable because of multiple trees, wires and utility poles down.

Those who need to warm up or charge their cell phones or laptops can go to the Southborough Library, which will be open until 5 p.m.

Outages have also been reported by National Grid along Route 30 in Westborough, by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; and along Eli Whitney Street near Fales Elementary School.

Nourse Street between Brewer Drive and Jasper Street had to be closed overnight Friday because of a tree down across the road and on power lines.

In Northborough, outages have been reported along Route 20 near Westbrook Road; off Washburn Street; off Kimberley Lane; and off Green Street.

Hudson Light and Power had to shut down service early Saturday morning to remove a large tree branch from a high power line. Power has since been restored.

In Marlborough, warming centers at the fire station on Maple Street, Marlborough Police Headquarters and Marlborough Public Library today through 5 p.m.

Late Friday evening, Grafton Fire responded to 11 Sartell Road for a tree that fell onto a house. There were no injuries. They also responded to a report of a downed wire on Gloucester Road that led to a loss of power. The power has since been restored.

In Shrewsbury, those who lost heat and power can come to the Shrewsbury Library today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The National Weather Service’s Wind Chill Warning will end at 1 p.m. Saturday, as winds will begin to ease. Sunday’s forecast — partly to mostly sunny, with highs in the 40s.