UPDATE, 8:16 p.m. National Grid is reporting that all but a handful of homes in Westford have power at this hour. Lowell and Tewksbury are still out but are expected to be restored by 10 p.m.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m. National Grid is estimating that power will be restored in Westford at around 8 p.m. In other communities, it could be as late as 9:15 p.m. Power has been restored in Ayer. In Lowell, more than 2,300 homes have been restored. Power is still out in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, and Tyngsborough.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. Currently, about 6,500 customers in Middlesex County, mostly in the northeast region, are without power. Power could be out until 8 p.m., according to National Grid.
The original post is below
A late afternoon thunderstorm on July 15, has knocked off
power to thousands around New England, including a number of communities in the
According to National Grid’s outage map, more than 700 customers in Westford are without power at this hour, with more than 4,000 customers in Lowell without power.
Tewksbury and Tyngsborough were also hit with hundreds of outages. Ayer, Chelmsford, Dracut, and Pepperell are reporting minor outages.
A hazardous weather outlook was called for the area around 4 p.m. for most of the state, southern New Hampshire, and parts of Rhode Island, through tonight. Expect wind gusts through the early evening.
According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood warning is in effect until 2 p.m. on July 16, due to the current storm.
National Grid is expected to have power back on sometime between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.
Westford Patch will update this post with more information when it becomes available.