Henri Takes A Turn But Rains And Winds Will Still Be Major Issue

Governor Baker is warning of the potential for widespread power outages that could last days or more than a week depending on the extent of the damage.

That in the aftermath of the Hurricane Henri. The Category 1 storm moving now more easterly---which means for western mass---a little dip in wind...and more rain expected. State Police and the National Guard are on alert. Both Connecticut and Massachusetts declared States of Emergency earlier this weekend so that federal resources could more easily be tapped into.

Eversource is warning that there is a good chance at power outages throughout the area. And it may take some time before your power is restored if you lose it.

“With the continued westward shift in Henri’s track over the past 24 hours, we’ve been positioning crews, equipment and other resources accordingly so that we’re ready for the significant, widespread damage we can expect to see from this storm,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Doug Foley. “From line, tree and service crews to troubleshooters, damage assessors, wire guards and other support staff, we currently have thousands of workers across the commonwealth prepared to work around the clock to serve our customers. As Henri approaches landfall in New England, we are singularly focused on our responsibility to restore power as quickly as safely possible for our customers.”

In some cases that could mean 8 to 21 days without power.

Westover has been tapped as an emergency staging area and officials say that they are ready to deploy where ever they are needed.

Flash flood warnings are also in effect. And, officials at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission are tracking the storm to. If you are experiencing sewer backup---you are urged to call them at 310-3501.

(Photo Credit: National Weather Service- Boston)

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