Trees down, power outages reported during storm

Feb 7, 2020

Update: Police department phone lines are down, but residents can still call 911 in case of emergency.

High wind gusts this afternoon have caused power and traffic light outages, hanging wires, and downed trees around Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Police alerts note dangling traffic lights and low hanging wires on State Road. The State Road and Tucker Road traffic lights were reported to be out in the afternoon, according to the police alert app.

Another alert issued at 5:43 p.m. stated that the Dartmouth Police phone lines are out due to power outages. Residents can still call 911 in case of an emergency.

As of 4 p.m., all three Dartmouth fire districts are busy responding to calls for trees, wires, and power lines down. Calls for reports of trees or wires down include Old Fall River Road, State Road near Bishop Stang, Tucker Road near Whiteweed Drive, Horseneck Road near Dartmoor Gifts, Cross Road near Deleno St., and Russells Mills Road east of Slocum Road.

According to Eversource's outage tracker, 62 outages have been reported. A total of 1,209 customers are without power as of 4:15 p.m.

Residents are advised to use caution while traveling today as a high wind warning is in effect until 8 p.m. this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service warning notes that southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph will be accompanied by gusts up to 70 mph in Massachusetts’ southern Bristol and Plymouth counties as well as Washington and Newport counties in Rhode Island.

The service — provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration —  goes on to warn that “damaging” winds will blow down trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages.

“Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” the statement reads. “People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”