UPDATE: Power began coming back on around 6:20 p.m.
Reports... Read more
NStar reports 146,628 customers without power, including 6,780 in Boston.
NStar reports 68,417 customers without service, 5,563 in Boston.
NStar now reports 39,055 customers without power, including 4,882 in Boston, where trees are coming down and transformers exploding across the city. We've heard of outages in Ashmont, Roslindale, West Roxbury and East Boston so far.
NStar reports 23,047 customers without power - including 378 in Boston and 1,046 in Cambridge.
NStar reports 4,852 customers without power - 175 in Boston and 460 in Cambridge.
A power line came down on Powell Street in West Roxbury, off Spring, around 10 p.m., knocking out power in the area of Spring and Baker, as far south as the Deutsches Altenheim.
Along Harvard Avenue. Again.
Not a good night for the AC to go off.
The Boston Fire Department reports fire flared up a manhole behind 359 Huntington Ave. this morning when some "penetrating spray" being used by a worker to loosen a bolt on an underground transformer hit a "small torch" and flashed over.
The transformer itself had already been shut down for repairs, the department says. The fire went out by itself and there were no... Read more
The city reports Allston blinked out this afternoon, at least in the areas around Brighton Avenue and Allston street. However, the traffic lights, at least, were also out at Brighton and Harvard avenues.
UPDATE: Around 6, Dorchester in the vicinity of Dot. Ave. and Freeport Street went out.
Candles, anyone? Misha Wolfson reports the power line runs right through Davis Square:
Elm St. side is dark, College Ave. side is normal.
A basement transformer fire forced the evacuation of the Moakley Courthouse this afternoon but caused no injuries.
The fire, reported around 4:15 p.m., went to a second alarm when the Boston Fire Department called in extra crews to evacuate courthouse workers.
Firefighters were unable to enter the transformer room for nearly an hour as they waited for NStar workers to arrive and... Read more
At a hearing next week, Boston councilors will demand answers from NStar on two recent transformer problems in the Back Bay, one of which left much of the neighborhood without power for several days.
Council President Steve Murphy says he wants more than just soothing words from the utility - he wants somebody independent of the company to start monitoring the way it delivers power... Read more
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Power started coming back on.
The lights went out shortly before noon, in an area that extended from Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street, down toward Symphony and into Kenmore Square... Read more
Power disappeared at 7:45 at Hemenway and Westland, our East Fens correspondent reports:
Damn it, we just refilled the fridge and fixed the computers.
Drew, however, reports:
Seems highly localized. I'm maybe 200 yards away and power on here (for now, anyhow).