Hurricane Sandy: Reported Outages Surge In Westborough

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Utility work was being done on Summer Street at 11 a.m. Monday morning.
Utility work was being done on Summer Street at 11 a.m. Monday morning. Photo Credit: Jeff Nowak
Minor street flooding has begun, Chauncey Circle has begun pooling with water.
Minor street flooding has begun, Chauncey Circle has begun pooling with water. Photo Credit: Jeff Nowak
Small tree limbs have begun to fall on Harvey Lane in Westborough.
Small tree limbs have begun to fall on Harvey Lane in Westborough. Photo Credit: Jeff Nowak
DPW workers taking down the sign at the Westborough rotary.
DPW workers taking down the sign at the Westborough rotary. Photo Credit: Jeff Nowak
Leaves completely covering a portion of Harvey Lane in Westborough.
Leaves completely covering a portion of Harvey Lane in Westborough. Photo Credit: Jeff Nowak

UPDATED 4:55 p.m.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Outage reports continue to rise as Hurricane Sandy's strongest winds blew through Westborough. 

The outages on Nourse Street rose to 162 affected customers. A large pocket of customers out of power also emerged on Old Westborough road to the Worcester line, affecting 155 customers. 

A small number of outages were also reported on Isaac Miller Road and Arrowhead Lane. 

According to National Grid, there are currently 1,153 active outages affecting 123,368 customers across the state. 

The National Weather Service is reporting winds gusting up to 43 mph in Westborough. A high wind warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, and a flood watch until 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Westborough authorities have not yet opened an emergency shelter, which would be in the Westborough High School gymnasium if it is deemed necessary. 

Check back with The Daily Voice for further updates. 

UPDATED 2:02 p.m.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — With wind and rain at its strongest thus far, Westborough Authorities are meeting at Westborough High School to assess opening the gymnasium as an emergency shelter. 

A determination has not yet been made, and no time on a decision could be provided. Gusts up to 43 mph have been reported, and the strongest part of the storm is expected to hit Westborough around 3 p.m.

Police said if the shelter is necessary, those who choose to utilize it should bring pillows, blankets and any necessary personal care items. Police encourage frequent checks of the local emergency station, 1610 AM, for updates.

UPDATED 12:25 p.m.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Winds are starting to pick up in Westborough as Hurricane Sandy moves into the area, but damage has been kept to a minimum. 

A flood watch and high wind warning will remain in effect until Tuesday, but the National Weather Service is currently reporting winds gusting up to 35 mph in Westborough. 

Winds are expected to stay between 25-45 mph, with the chance to gust up to 65 mph at times. 

Several businesses throughout town remain open, including Panera Bread in Bay State Commons, Dunkin Donuts on W. Main Street and Rotary Pizza. 

44 Westborough outages have been reported to National Grid in the area of Nourse Street and utility work was being done on Summer Street just after 11 a.m.

The Westborough High School gymnasium will be available as an emergency shelter if necessary. Police said if the shelter is necessary, those who choose to utilize it should bring pillows, blankets and any necessary personal care items. Police encourage frequent checks of the local emergency station, 1610 AM, for updates.

Street flooding has begun in certain areas, but no roads have been closed at this point. 

The Daily Voice, available on computer, tablet and smartphone, will be updating with the latest local information throughout the storm. Have cancellations or storm damage photos? Email jnowak@dailyvoice.com.

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