High winds from a winter storm sweeping across the nation have caused tens of thousands of customers from Michigan and Ohio and across the Northeast to lose electricity on Monday.
Meanwhile, officials in the town of Otis, Massachusetts, declared a state of emergency as the system, which has been named Winter Storm Gage by The Weather Channel, downed trees and power lines.
“It’s just not safe. Trees are falling at such a random rate, you just don’t know where they’re going to fall next,” Otis Police Chief Daniel Hamill told Western Mass News. “I don’t want to see someone get hurt. I want to let our residents know this storm is not to be taken lightly, this is a serious storm and residents need to be careful, vigilant of these falling trees and the ice buildup.”
Blackouts hit more than 100,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us. More than 44,500 customers in Michigan were without electricity Monday afternoon.
Steady winds began blowing between 20 and 30 mph early Monday. Gusts reached 50 to 70 mph from southwest to central and northeast Ohio, including around Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland.
Downed power lines forced the closure of State Road 56 in both directions in Madison County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. A portion of S.R. 601 was closed for about an hour because of a tree on a power line in Erie County.
Farther east, the storm brought ice and snow to parts of New York and New England.
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