Eversource crews continue to make progress restoring power to Cape Codders without electricity since Tuesday's blizzard blew destruction through the region.
About 7,500 of their customers on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard were in the dark as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the utility's online outage map. Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 74,000 were in the dark.
The storm brought high winds and heavy snow that pounded trees and power lines and caused more than 125,000 power outages at its peak Tuesday. Eversource has a total of 203,000 customers in the region.
Barnstable had the most outages late Thursday afternoon at 2,153, followed by Sandwich at 1,263 and Falmouth at 1,115.
Eversource said in a tweet late Thursday afternoon that they are targeting Friday evening for the Cape to be fully restored.
A decision was made to close the regional emergency shelters at Sandwich High School, Barnstable Intermediate School, and the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School at 4 p.m.
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As power was restored to more homes, the number of people and pets at area shelters has diminished, according to the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee in a statement late Thursday morning. The shelters will remain open, however, until all clients can return to homes with power.
The shelters are located at Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich; Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Falmouth Road, Hyannis; Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich.
Here is a rundown of the number of people and pets at shelters overnight, the emergency planning committee said:
- Sandwich High School - 20 people, 4 pets
- Barnstable Intermediate School – 29 people, 1 pet
- Cape Cod Regional Technical School – 78 people, 8 petsEversource customer power outages. Updated every 15 minutes. Click on town for data: Source: Eversource | Interactive map: Gregory Bryant / Cape Cod Times