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12:17
MassLive.com: 
Springfield and Chicopee schools are closed Monday.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:17 MassLive.com
12:18
MassLive.com: 
In Chicopee, Mayor Michael Bissonnette told residents via Facebook that 70 percent of the city was without power. "Crews from Delaware and Carolina on the way. May take all week to restore power everywhere," the mayor said.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:18 MassLive.com
12:22
MassLive.com: 
137,961 Western Massachusetts Electric company customers are without power this morning, with 84% of Agawam without power and 99% of Amherst without power.

100% of Easthampton, Hadley, Hatfield, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Southampton, Sunderland and Whately without power.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:22 MassLive.com
12:24
MassLive.com: 
National Grid is reporting 28,895 customers without power in Hampden County, 29,514 customers without power in Hampshire County, 3,873 customers without power in Franklin County, and 2,536 customers affected in Berkshire County.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:24 MassLive.com
12:27
MassLive.com: 
All of South Hadley is currently without power, according to the South Hadley Electric Light Department.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:27 MassLive.com
12:29
MassLive.com: 
We'll be adding to our new photo gallery all day today. So far, we have shots that The Republican's Greg Saulmon took in Holyoke early Sunday morning. View them here.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:29 MassLive.com
12:31
MassLive.com: 
An update from Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik, via Facebook: "The G+E is reporting that power has been restored along East Main Street to Little River Road. They are hoping to get Franklin Ave going soon. Looks like Applebee's for the Pats. Better leave now to get a seat."
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:31 MassLive.com
12:44
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National Weather Service is reporting 30.8 inches of snow in Plainfield -- that's the highest total in Hampshire County.

In Hampden County, Tolland recorded 25, and in Franklin County Ashfield had 25.5 inches.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:44 MassLive.com
12:49
[Comment From mt mt : ] 
when will amherst college be restored?
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:49 mt
12:52
MassLive.com: 
mt:

99% of WMECO customers in Amherst are currently without power; right now, WMECO doesn't appear to have an estimate for restoration time. We'll update when we can get more information on that.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:52 MassLive.com
12:54
MassLive.com: 
Just created an interactive bar chart showing snowfall totals; view it here.
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:54 MassLive.com
12:58
MassLive.com: 
In Northampton, 92% of National Grid's customers are without power. Estimated restoration status is listed as "Assessing Condition".
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:58 MassLive.com
12:59
[Comment From sd sd : ] 
Will the PVTA be running today?
Sunday October 30, 2011 12:59 sd
1:01
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sd:

Anecdotally, I'm seeing buses pull through at the Holyoke transportation center.

But, I can't get the PVTA site to load right now so I don't know if they've posted any special announcements. Will update with more info. if we can get it.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:01 MassLive.com
1:01
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
We have 20 inches of snow in Worthington, but we still have power. Chesterfield has power, so their general store is open. Williamsburg doesn't have power as well as parts of Northampton.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:01 Guest
1:01
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
Any idea when power will be restored in Longmeadow?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:01 Guest
1:05
MassLive.com: 
Guest (and anyone else who might have a similar question):

It appears that WMECO and National Grid are very much in "assessing" mode right now. We're seeing very few estimates on power restoration.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:05 MassLive.com
1:11
MassLive.com: 
The Holyoke Mall is closed today. http://www.holyokemall.com/index.php?page=what-s-new
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:11 MassLive.com
1:13
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
Has anyone seen crews working in Williamsburg/Haydenville area yet?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:13 Guest
1:14
MassLive.com: 
Statewide, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, 669,595 customers are without power.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:14 MassLive.com
1:17
MassLive.com: 
From the City of Northampton's Facebook page (posted 10/29):

Northampton High School is open for a warming station only. No food is available.

The Emergency Operations Center is open for general questions or concerns. Their phone number is 587-1162. Residents are encouraged to call 911 for emergencies only.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:17 MassLive.com
1:17
MassLive.com: 
The Red Cross, Pioneer Valley Chapter, will be opening shelters around 2 p.m. today. A list of locations will be available soon.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:17 MassLive.com
1:18
MassLive.com: 
In Chicopee, Mayor Michael Bissonnette reports: "Right now there are only 6 out of 16 electric power circuits fully energized. CEL is working at full throttle but there are an amazing number of lines down."
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:18 MassLive.com
1:20
MassLive.com: 
In Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. We'll have updates from that when available.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:20 MassLive.com
1:20
MassLive.com: 
Tips from the Red Cross: "What should I do during a power outage?"
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:20 MassLive.com
1:28
[Comment From Captain Captain : ] 
This is such a great service...thanks for doing this. Are you hearing anything from Holyoke G&E?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:28 Captain
1:29
MassLive.com: 
Thanks, Captain.

Going to give HG&E a call now. I have service on High Street, but the Highlands in particular seemed to be in rough shape this morning -- tons of limbs down up there.

- GS
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:29 MassLive.com
1:34
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Update from Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik, via Facebook: "WEMA storm update...still about 80 percent of the 17000 or so households without power. Mutual aid crews are coming from Pennsylvania. Should be here soon. Though power will likely be out for days for some of us."
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:34 MassLive.com
1:35
MassLive.com: 
No answer at HG&E, for our Holyoke readers.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:35 MassLive.com
1:36
MassLive.com: 
Route 66 is closed near the Westhampton / Northampton line, The Republican's George Graham reports via Twitter.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:36 MassLive.com
1:36
[Comment From James Sutter James Sutter : ] 
Yes Greg, Fairfield Ave. is certainly without power, and I know at least my service wires to my home were taken down by trees, so it seems that this will be a pretty lengthy process.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:36 James Sutter
1:39
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
Is donut dip open at either location?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:39 Guest
1:39
MassLive.com: 
AT&T cell coverage appears to be going in and out here in downtown Holyoke, so I'm limited in my ability to make / take calls to check on some of your questions. Should be getting backup soon from staffers in the main offices of The Republican.

No word on Donut Dip yet, Guest.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:39 MassLive.com
1:45
MassLive.com: 
Quick housekeeping note: We're getting a ton of comments on the back-end from people asking when their power will be restored.

We're doing our best to get updates, and we'll publish this information as soon as we have it. For now, we're going to stop pushing comments asking about specific towns through to the live feed to avoid any additional confusion.

Thanks for your patience -- we have a lot of information to keep up with today.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:45 MassLive.com
1:46
[Comment From Jonathan Jonathan : ] 
Route 9 is closed Amherst to Belchertown
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:46 Jonathan
1:46
[Comment From Todd Todd : ] 
Thank you for this service. It's quite wonderful, and more than the major news services are providing.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:46 Todd
1:47
[Comment From Leslie Leslie : ] 
Does anyone know if Porter Lake Drive, Springfield/Longmeadow is passable?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:47 Leslie
1:47
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
Any word on a gas station on Route 9- Amherst-Hadley-Northampton that is serving?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:47 Guest
1:48
MassLive.com: 
RE: Where to get coffee -- some reports I've seen on Twitter / Facebook this a.m. have included an hour-long wait at the Route 5 D&D in Holyoke, and the fact that Greenfield Coffee is basically overrun with people from Northampton.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:48 MassLive.com
1:49
MassLive.com: 
Northampton's snow information page: http://www.northamptonma.gov/snow/
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:49 MassLive.com
1:49
[Comment From Tom Tom : ] 
Are Northampton public schools closed for tomorrow yet?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:49 Tom
1:51
MassLive.com: 
Someone asked earlier about power at UMass -- just hearing now from someone at the UMass library, where power is on and WiFi is available.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:51 MassLive.com
1:52
[Comment From YokeSnow YokeSnow : ] 
I can confirm that D&D in Holyoke is a really long wait. They're also out of Box's of Joe, running low on cream, and I don't think they had many XL cups left when I was there. Also, saw on Twitter that the line at Red Robin in Holyoke reaches across the parking lot.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:52 YokeSnow
1:52
[Comment From Justin Justin : ] 
Waiting for Notre Dame Street in Westfield to come back up. :(
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:52 Justin
1:54
MassLive.com: 
Tom (1:49 p.m.) -

No answer at Northampton School Department, no updates on any of their websites. Will update when we can.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:54 MassLive.com
1:55
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
have heard no updates on Belchertown. We are out of town and returning tonight to power? no power?
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:55 Guest
1:55
MassLive.com: 
Guest (1:52 p.m.) -

Nearly 100% of Belchertown is without power. No ETA for restoration.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:55 MassLive.com
1:57
[Comment From als als : ] 
wmeco's got the power back on in turners falls.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:57 als
1:58
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als -

Saw the Rendezvous post that they've got power back in Turners, and will open this afternoon.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:58 MassLive.com
1:58
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
UMass Library is open and running great: warm. Regular quick food and coffee at the upstairs cafe and Blue Wall is open and serving food.
Sunday October 30, 2011 1:58 Guest
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