Hurricane Sandy Tuesday Morning Update
Here's a rundown on how Sandy affected Salem.
- Curbside Trash Pick-Up: As of late last night, trash pick-up will maintain its regular schedule.
- Latest forecast: Hurricane Sandy is supposed to weaken in the Boston area Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to the latest forecast.
- Mayor Makes Statement: Monday night, Mayor Kim Driscoll on her Facebook page stated: "Our public safety and public works personnel have done an outstanding job responding to storm damage to date. We have experienced numerous trees down, but most if not all have been cleared from roads. Still lots of clean up/removal and another few hours with high wind gusts, but overall road conditions presently are very good. In addition to trees down, we have also experienced wires down, power losses, transformer fires and malfunctions, numerous boats off their moorings and some structural damage to homes caused by the storm."
- Power outages: As of 1 a.m. Tuesday the largest power outage in Salem was in South Salem with 1,545 customers without power. An outage map can be found here.
- Mayor Says National Grid Prioritizing Work: On the statement on her Facebook page Monday night, Driscoll also stated National Grid was working hard to restore power and their "priority [was] dealing with life safety issues" first.
- Boats Hit Hard: Salem boats were especially hard hit during the storm. Patch readers submitted photos from the coast via our live blog and Twitter. Check them out attached to this article. Thank you for your help!
John Waller contributed to this report.