- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is warning that hundreds of thousands of utility customers could lose electricity during the approaching storm and it could take several days for it all to be restored.

Baker said he expected the outages to be most severe in Barnstable, Plymouth and Bristol counties.

Utility companies including National Grid and NStar say they have prepositioned crews in areas that are expected to be the most heavily impacted.

A 2009 state law authorized fines to be imposed on utilities for inadequate storm preparation and response. A subsequent law ordered that any fines paid by utilities go toward customer rate relief.

The governor says Otis Air National Guard base on Cape Cod will be made available to house additional utility crews if needed.

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