The 2013 Nemo blizzard has many National Grid customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island wondering when their power will come back on.
On Friday, Feb. 8, massive snowfall totals are expected and the wind is gusting in some areas over 50 miles an hour, causing the power to range from flickering to complete outages. The snowstorm in the northeast is expected to last through the early morning hours on Saturday.
Thousands of outages are showing on National Grid's online power outage map, with more expected as the heavy, as the storm continues to hammer states along the east coast including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.
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In Rhode Island, more than 96,000 customers were without power by 9:30 p.m. ET. Over 53,000 customers are currently without power in Massachusetts and many more are likely to lose their electricity as the wind picks up overnight.
When will the power come back on? There is no set time that power will be restored in your area. National Grid states that customers should be prepared for extended outages by having emergency supplies on hand: water, food, flashlights, battery operated radio and extra batteries.
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How to report an outage or check on outages in your area: If your Internet is down, call 1-800-465-1212 in New England and 1-800-867-5222 in New York.
If you experience a power interruption, you can report it on Outage Central. To register for National Grid text alerts, text STORM to NGRID (64743).
With Outage Central, you will be able to see how many customers are out in your area and get a general idea when your lights should come back on.
Keep your mobile phones and tablet computer charged so you can check on snow storm related outage information online. It's quick and easy to use and you will not have to wait on hold to get the information.