Updated 12:50 pm
The Island woke up to scattered power outages this morning.
Christopher McKinnon, a spokesman for Eversource, blamed faulty equipment for the outage. “An equipment issue along our transmission line caused a temporary power outage for parts of Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard this morning,” he wrote. “Crews worked quickly to restore power within an hour to the majority of the approximately 28,000 customers affected, and all remaining customers were restored before 9:30 am.”
According to the Eversource outage map online, there were more than 11,000 customers on the Island without power as of 8:15 am. In Falmouth, the outage is also widespread with 15,000 customers without electricity on a bitterly cold morning.
“This morning’s outages affected approximately 28,000 customers at the peak of it on Martha’s Vineyard and in the Falmouth area,” McKinnon wrote in his initial email. “As of 8:45 am, there are about 5,400 customers affected and our estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am.”
The outage is similar to one last month when electricity was lost on a clear, calm day. That outage was blamed on Eversource workers working on a substation in Falmouth.
Updated with new information from Eversource -Ed.