UPDATE: 8:25 am
There were reports of widespread power outages this morning on the Island and across the Upper Cape. The power went out just before 7 am.
According to an Eversource spokesman, the outage affected more than 42,000 customers and resulted from substation work in Falmouth. The email from Eversource contradicts a Tweet sent out by the same company.
“At approximately 6:50 this morning, work being done on the system caused a brief power outage at the Falmouth substation affecting customers in parts of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard,” the email states. “Crews quickly located the issue and power was restored within 12 minutes to the 42,596 customers affected.”
The Islanders Talk Facebook page lit up with more than 100 comments reporting outages in every Island town. At Dockside Diner in Edgartown, there were cheers when power restored and they were able to keep on cooking morning breakfasts.
Just before 7:15 am, power was restored, some commenters reported.
In what now appears to be an erroneous tweeted response to The Times, Eversource blamed a car crash for the outage but did not specify where the accident occurred.
Meanwhile, the outage affected the Steamship Authority. This alert was posted on the SSA website: “The Woods Hole Terminal is experiencing issues with its internet and telephone connectivity this morning. Credit cards can still be used for purchases, but please leave a few extra minutes if you are planning to travel with us this morning.”
But at about 8:35 am, the SSA announced in a Tweet that the internet and phones had been restored in Woods Hole.