CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The storm that was Hurricane Sandy spared most western Massachusetts residents from losing their power, and the majority of those who lost electricity had their lights back on within a day. Still, on Wednesday morning, more than 3,400 utility customers across the area woke up without power.
As of 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, Western Massachusetts Electric Company was reporting 1,894 customers (less than 1% of their total number of customers) still had no power. The outages were almost entirely in the Hilltowns of western Hampden and Hampshire County, and in Berkshire County. The most significant outages remain in Tolland and Sandisfield, where more than 20% of both communities are still without electricity.
National Grid, which services most of the rest of western Massachusetts, is reporting 1,530 customers without power in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties. The outages are heavily scattered in the Berkshires, with the most significant problems in Lenox, Great Barrington, and New Marlborough.
WMECo estimates having power restored to nearly all customers by Wednesday evening, but some National Grid outages in Berkshire County are not expected to be fixed until Saturday, according to their website.
You can track power outages in real time on the websites of WMECo ( WMECo mobile site )and National Grid. .