Outages persist after nor'easter batters New England

Utility crews are working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in New England after a nor’easter battered the coast with hurricane-force wind gusts

Almost 300,000 customers lacked service Thursday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported. Several thousand more outages were reported in Rhode Island.

It could be a matter of days before power is fully restored in some areas of southeastern Massachusetts, utilities said. In some towns in the area, as many as 75% of customers were still without electricity Thursday afternoon.

The strongest gust of the storm was recorded at 94 mph (151 mph) on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, officials said.

Some schools in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island canceled classes Thursday as cleanup continued and residents tallied the damage.

Fall River, Massachusetts, Fire Chief John Lynch told The Herald News that emergency workers responded to calls about unmoored boats and flooded basements.

In Quincy, Massachusetts, the storm blew the roof off a apartment complex, forcing the occupants of 12 units to stay in a hotel, WBZ News Radio reported. In nearby Weymouth, the Red Cross opened a shelter for residents who lost power.

In New Jersey, one driver was killed and another injured in Morris Township when a tree limb fell. Authorities in New York also recovered the body of a kayaker who disappeared Tuesday off Long Island.