Updated Dec. 4
Thousands of down-Island residents were struck by power outages on Monday.
“Our crews responded to a power outage in the Oak Bluffs area just before 12:30 this afternoon, affecting approximately 3,600 customers,” Eversource spokesperson Chris McKinnon told The Times in an email. “Using remote switching capabilities, our system operators were able to restore power to all but 475 customers within the first five minutes of the outage. While patrolling the system, our crews found that a pigeon had come into contact with a piece of electric equipment, causing the initial outage. Repairs were made to the equipment, and all remaining customers were restored at 1:15 p.m.”
A Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) map showed that the heaviest hit town was Oak Bluffs, with 3,969 customers losing power. In Edgartown, 643 customers were affected, while only eight customers lost power in Tisbury.
Eversource’s power outage map shows that power has been restored to all customers. The last group to have their power restored were 475 customers in Oak Bluffs near New York Avenue.
Updated with additional information from Eversource.