Life returning to normal after Sandy's Monday visit

Oct. 30, 2012

Sandy Arrives in Dorchester from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Above, Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News captured some of the storm damage around Dorchester. There were power outages reported yesterday and overnight in Neponset, Melville-Park and Fields Corner, but most service has been restored as of Tuesday morning.

Boston Public Schools and city offices have reopened, according to Mayor Menino's office. Tuesday’s weather in Boston is expected to be mild, with temperatures in the high 60s, winds reaching 20 mph, and light rain. As of 8 p.m. last night, the City had received 500 reports of tree emergencies and 211 reports of down wires, via the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline, Menino said. The Mayor’s hotline had managed 3,913 total calls as of 8 p.m. Residents were advised to 617-635-4500 with new damage reports.

Billboard damaged in Adams Corner: Sandy's winds blew off an ad atop this building.Billboard damaged in Adams Corner: Sandy's winds blew off an ad atop this building.MEMA reported around 4 p.m. that 172,000 customers throughout the state were without power, including 82,000 National Grid customers, 84,000 NStar customers, 3,000 Western Massachusetts Electric Co. customers, and 3,000 Unitil customers.

Patrick said he had no reports of injuries or serious damage from the storm, but urged people to stay at home and off the roads.

The massive storm wwas also having a political impact in Massachusetts, forcing both U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren to suspend their campaign events Monday before Brown announced he was also withdrawing from the fourth and final Senate debate scheduled for Tuesday night.

The MBTA shut down T, bus and commuter rail service at 2 p.m. on Monday. Most MBTA service is operating normally— with few delays— on Tuesday morning.

State House News Service contributed to this report.