South Shore Gas Stations Swamped As Hundreds Of Thousands Still In The Dark


The Gulf gas station on First Parish Road in Scituate had a line that went down the street on Thursday morning. Photo: James Rojas/WBZ News Radio

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Thousands across the storm-battered South Shore were still in the dark on Thursday morning as those power outages began to have spillover effects.

Lines at the few gas stations with power in the area stretched down the surrounding streets. One woman at the Cumberland Farms on Main Street in Weymouth told WBZ NewsRadio that she waited three hours to get gas on Wednesday.

Others had prepared for the storm by filling up their tank: "I had a full tank of gas, and I still have three quarters, so I'm fine," said one man.

The same woman said she waited for two hours for another commodity in Brockton: coffee. Customers were parking in the street just to get in to the store, which the man said was the only coffee shop open in the area.

The night before, people flocked to Hibernian Tavern in Scituate as it was one of the only places with power.

"It was super busy," said Beth who lives right across the street from the restaurant. Mick Carlye opened the place last year and was putting his generator to good use.

"It does everything in the building." Carlye added that he believed he was the only business open in his area

Across the South Shore, four communities — Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, and Pembroke — were all completely in the dark as of mid-morning Thursday, though that situation was improving. About 319,000 customers were without power across the state, down from a storm peak of about 500,000.

Both Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association said it would be several days before the power is completely restored.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports:

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