THE LOCAL NEWS: Power failure hits over 5,100 customers

Ipswich's the Local News reports on power loss in the 4th Essex District and Rep. Brad Hill's efforts to keep his constituents informed.

Power failure hits over 5,100 customers

by John Muldoon

Power outages have left over 5,100 customers without power to cool down on the hottest day of the year.

The outages, reported on Wednesday by National Grid, have hit Hamilton, Wenham, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, and Beverly.

However, the hardest hit are Hamilton and Manchester, National Grid said. Around half of Hamilton’s National Grid customers are without power, the town said in a tweet.

“There was damage to one of the lines bringing power to this area,” said state Rep. Brad Hill in a Facebook update.

The company said power was lost at around 10:30 a.m. and should be restored in the early afternoon. At its peak, over 15,000 lost power during the failure.

As of 3:15 p.m., 641 customers were still without electricity in Hamilton. Other outages around Cape Ann had been repaired by then, NG said.

The Ipswich Electric Light Department expects the heaviest electricity usage to be between 4 and 7 p.m. as people return home from work and crank up their air conditioners.

Meanwhile, the Hamilton town hall closed early due to the loss of power. However, the senior center stayed open as a cooling center for those without air conditioning.

In Essex, the senior center on Pickering Street is also open as a cooling center. The Ipswich Council on Aging office at town hall is also open.

The heat index has reached triple digits everywhere along the North Shore, and has even reached 113 degrees in places, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m.