At 9:24 p.m., John Hawkinson tweeted:
Lights flickered at 9:21pm in Cambridge (MIT). Anyone else? I hear Porter, too?
Reports poured in from the South Shore, Brighton, Dorchester, the Back Bay, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, South Boston, Medford, Plymouth, Salem, Brookline and Natick of light flickering around the same time. Even Martha's Vineyard checked in. Flickering happened in Topsfield, too. Here at UHub Central, the lights flickered - very briefly - a couple of times. Even places not served by NStar, such as Mansfield and Reading, reported flickering.
UPDATE, 8:30 a.m. NStar spokesman Michael Durand reports:
A pole broke near an electrical substation in Carver. This caused a transmission line to go out of service, which resulted in the momentary flickers you mentioned. We worked overnight on repairs and as soon as our work is complete today the transmission line can be brought back into service. In the meantime, other equipment on the regional electrical grid can easily handle the electricity needs of the area.