Power slowly returning as storm recedes

Mar 4, 2018

One town was left completely without power on Saturday, March 3, after a powerful storm swept through the area on March 2.

Strong winds (although not hurricane-force) continued through March 3; traffic lights in Marion remained dark as residents drove in search of gas, or to charge electronics at the warming shelter opened at Sippican School.

Power lines were down in all three towns; tree damage to houses and cars was reported in all three towns. The Mattapoisett Fire Department reported in a social media post that they had responded to over 30 storm-related incidents, while Marion Fire & EMS noted that they had responded to 100 calls for service or storm incidents.

Rochester's Police Department reported on social media that first responders had also responded to several incidents, and transported one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries due to a storm-related emergency.

Marion suffered a 100 percent power loss in the storm, which dumped 2.9" inches of rain on the town and delivered peak wind gusts of 65 mile per hour to nearby Wareham.

By the night of March 3, Marion's power loss had been reduced to 97 percent, while Rochester came shortly behind with a 92 percent power loss. Rochester saw even more rain (3.9 inches) than Marion; the rainfall totals soaked the ground, making it easier for trees to topple in the wind.

Mattapoisett fared by far the best of the tri-town—only 23 percent of residents lost power. Lines were down in that town as well, and all three towns were littered with fallen branches and debris.

By the morning of March 4, the rate of Rochester residents without power had fallen to 67 percent; while 61 percent of Marion residents remained without power. In Mattapoisett, meanwhile, the number of residents without power actually increased, to 30 percent.

Town officials and emergency responders expect the clean-up process to be somewhat lengthy, as so many trees have fallen over wires.

There is no set timeline for power to be restored to the towns. Eversource has sent out several emails—some of which, residents say, give  definite time of power return, while others say not to expect power back for 2-3 days. The company's latest Facebook post does not give time estimates for power return, noting that 200,000 Massachusetts residents have already received power back, and that, "Eversource crews will be working 24/7 until all power is returned."