Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Storm effects felt all week.
Tropical Storm Irene prompted a seemingly endless stream of calls to the Sharon fire and police stations and the public works yard. Days after the Aug. 28 storm, trees and power lines continued falling, and new reports of power outages were made. Some Sharon residents got their electricity back last weekend, a week after the storm. The Sharon Fire and Police log storm-related entries below provide a play by play of Irene's effects on Sharon. The respective departments provided the logs. On Sunday, Aug. 28, Sharon firefighters received these reports of power lines down: Also, at 11:33 a.m., firefighters received a weather-related call about a weakened structure at 41 Harold St. Meanwhile, Sharon Police received these storm-related calls: On…
Saturday, September 3, 2011
A look back at Sharon Patch's top stories from the past week.
On Saturday, Sharon Patch reported that (then-) Hurricane Irene might bring 4 inches of rain here. And that Memorial Park Beach was closed to swimming since Thursday due to high E. coli bacteria levels in that area of Lake Massapoag. On Sunday, Sharon Patch and its neighbors had a storm blog with the latest local information about Irene. And Sharon Patch reported that a Sharon woman is teaching at a new nonprofit that teaches Barrington, R.I. kids Chinese. On Monday, Sharon Patch reported that Sharon was 10th on Boston magazine's Best Schools 2011 list. On Tuesday, Sharon Patch reported that EEE had been found in mosquitoes from Sharon. On Wednesday, Sharon Patch reported on Sharon's first day of school for grades 1 to 12. On Thursday, …
National Grid, meanwhile, says its outages are over.
NSTAR says 36 Sharon customers remain without power, an outage that began last Sunday during Tropical Storm Irene. The utility has 585 customers still out, according to the latest information on NSTAR's website. Since Tuesday, NSTAR had estimated all power restored by 10 p.m. Friday. NSTAR is asking anyone still out to call 1-800-592-2000. Meanwhile, National Grid reports that all 58 of its Sharon customers have electricity again. Several hundred National Grid customers remained without power as of the latest information on the utility's website.
Friday, September 2, 2011
152 customers out at 6:30 a.m.
NSTAR says 152 Sharon customers should have electricity by 10 tonight for the first time since Tropical Storm Irene struck last Sunday. The outage total is as of 6:30 a.m., according to the utility's website. "Right now, approximately 3,700 NSTAR customers are without power. Since the start of the storm we have restored electricity to more than 300,000 customers. The outages are mainly scattered in MetroWest where about 1,200 customers are without power, on the South Shore with 800 customers and on the Cape with about 500," NSTAR said. NSTAR is encouraging customers to report outages at 1-800-592-2000. Meanwhile, National Grid says 47 of its 58 Sharon customers remain out. However, that same chart says "restoration (is) complete" in Sharon.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Utility still expects everyone restored by 10 p.m. Friday.
NSTAR had 350 Sharon customers without electricity early this morning and expects those outages to end by Friday night. There were 15,382 total customers without power as of 4 a.m., according to the utility's website. Tropical Storm Irene caused the outages Sunday. NSTAR said it anticipates fully restoring Sharon's electricity by 10 p.m. Friday, the same target it had on Tuesday. NSTAR's previous estimate was 12 a.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, National Grid said today that 51 of its 58 Sharon customers remain without power. Most of these outages should end by Friday, with the rest by Sunday, the utility said on its website. Work began Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
After she doubts Irene, her electricity goes out.
She huffed and she puffed and she blew our branches down. Tropical Storm Irene was a she-wolf, who leapt from the sky to pounce on the limbs of our tree. She struck twice. The first time she took a bite out of our old oak and spit out a mangled mess of woody arms, leaves and twisted twigs in front of our garage. We thought that was scary. On the second attack, she tore a cable line from our house, battering and shattering the rear window of our SUV parked in her way. In the aftermath of the storm, I changed the old adage about a woman scorned to suit our circumstances, "A storm has no fury like a weather report scorned." “It’s all hype,” I told my husband as we went to bed the night before Irene blew in to Sharon. “It’s all hype,” I …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Remaining outages are the 'most complex situations,' Puritz says.
About 10 percent of Sharon remained without electricity Monday night, and NSTAR has not indicated when those customers will be restored, Town Administrator Benjamin Puritz said. Those 621 of NSTAR's 4,109 Sharon customers represent "the most complex situations due to either power lines structurally impacted by the storm or resting on the lines," Puritz said late Monday night. Among the affected streets are Moose Hill, Mountain, Beach and parts of Morse Street, he said. Puritz said an NSTAR representative told him 85 percent of the outages in Sharon were corrected. The remaining 15 percent represent 10 percent of the town. NSTAR's website, meanwhile, said 1,574 of its 6,653 Sharon customers, or 23.66 percent, were without power as of 7 p.m…
Without electricity from Hurricane Irene, families find themselves cooking on gas stoves, using ice bags to keep food fresh.
Sharon resident Judith Weader felt like she was in a classic TV show from Sunday into late Monday morning. An Irene-related power outage starting at 11:21 a.m. Sunday had the Ames Street resident eating by candlelight Sunday night, and stocking up on ice to keep her family's food fresh. "We're living like the Waltons," Weader said Monday. The Weaders got their electricity back around 11:30 a.m. Monday, roughly 24 hours after losing it. Parts of Sharon remained without power Monday afternoon. The Sharon Town Offices are closed until further notice due to an outage there. Weader spent part of Monday raking debris from her yard. "We're trying to clean up as best as we can," she said. "That's the only part of this we have any control over. We …
Trees down across power lines 'major problem,' Interim Fire Chief Mann says.
The Sharon Town Offices have re-opened, as NSTAR has restored power to that building and the Sharon Fire Department, Town Administrator Benjamin Puritz said tonight. Interim Fire Chief Dennis Mann said this morning that Irene-related power outages had forced the buildings onto emergency backup generators. Besides the town hall, closed as of 2 p.m. were: Sharon Credit Union, the dentist office of Gerald S. Cohen and Alla Agamov, and Curves, all on Pond Street. Borderland State Park remains closed. The facility will reopen Tuesday. NSTAR reported on its website tonight that around 162,000 customers remained without power as of 5:30 p.m. Some residents told Sharon Patch today they've been without electricity for about 24 hours. Mann said he …