Jan 27, 2015 10:42 AM
Nantucket Island: Everyone without power for 'extended' outage
The resort island of Nantucket in Massachusetts is completely without power and facing an extended outage after a substation froze over, utility officials confirmed today.
Virtually all of National Grid's 12,800 customers are in the dark including the island's hospital and storm shelters.
Utility officials said at 11 am they were trying to get back-up generation sources to get electricity to the hospital and other key locations on the island.
As for the duration of the outage for all of Nantucket, National Grid President Marcy Reed said, "It will be lengthy.''
Ocean salt sprays iced over key equipment at a substation near Nantucket Harbor.
In addition to de-icing, National Grid officials have to wait until all the lines are inspected and okayed before power is.
Back on the Massachusetts mainland, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth could be offline for days after a storm-related outage shut down two major lines carrying electricity early Tuesday morning.
This happened during a 2013 blizzard and posed no safety threat.
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