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February 1, 2013

Weather wreaks havoc on winter plans

Port Winter Carnival, Ice Fishing Tournament postponed one week

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The high winds also resulted in power outages. On Plum Island alone, more than 100 households on the Newburyport portion of the barrier island were without power for parts of yesterday.

Newburyport Emergency Management director and city Marshal Thomas Howard said at one point yesterday afternoon, 163 people were without power. The outages were short-lived, however, with electricity restored by roughly 2 p.m., Howard said.

Additional power outages were reported near the Joppa Flats section of the city as well as in West Newbury, Merrimac and Newbury, according to electricity provider National Grid and police departments

Police departments across Greater Newburyport received numerous reports of trees blown over, power lines down and plenty of trash barrels rolling into streets, but no serious damage.

Motorists in Peabody weren’t as fortunate as high winds resulted in several telephone poles along the busy Route 114 corridor being compromised to the point where officials closed the highly trafficked road.

Yesterday’s harsh weather affected businesses as well.

Amesbury Sports Park canceled all snow tubing for the day as high winds prevented park officials from grooming snow on the tracks. Park officials expected snow tubing to resume today, according to the park’s website.

Souffle’s coffee shop on Water Street in downtown Newburyport restricted access to its main door as several champagne glasses were lost from wind gusts brought in as customers entered.

Statewide, more than 32,000 National Grid customers experienced service disruptions yesterday. National Grid crews, who were being assisted by additional outside work crews, were making progress removing downed trees and tree limbs and repairing damaged equipment, according to a National Grid spokeswoman.

“Our crews were out all (Wednesday) night working on outages and are making good progress with restoring service to customers,” Kathy Lyford, National Grid vice president of New England operations, said yesterday afternoon. “We anticipate that the majority of customers will be restored tonight. In the meantime, we appreciate our customers’ patience and urge everyone to be safe.”

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