National Grid crews have restored power to the vast majority of customers who lost their electricity amid the gusty winds and driving winds after a nor-easter blew across Gloucester and Cape Ann last night and this oinring.
But public works and other crews are still tending to some downed branches and lines, and more than 300 Gloucester customers remained without power as of 4 p.m.
That’s down significantly from this morning, when some 1,500 customers were without electricity in Gloucester and another 1,400 were without power in Essex at one point.
The ost widespread downed lines in the city came in East Gloucester, where more than 800 people had their electricity knocked out and motorists had to make their way gingerly through the East Main Street and Bass Avenue traffic lights, which were also rendered dark.
Meanwhile, workers from Beacon Marine struggled this morning to free the sailing vessel Ginkgo from the Rocky Neck causeway after it was apparently torn from its mooring overnight and washed aground.
The nor’easter comes just 10 days after Cape Ann’s brush with superstorm Sandy, which brought wind gusts of up to 80 mph and killed power to some 5,000 customers last week in Gloucester alone.
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