2:30 p.m. UPDATE National Grid reported on its website that fewer than 100 customers remain without power in Attleboro and Seekonk. Power needs to be restored to 60 Attleboro customers and 25 Seekonk customers. All power will be retored by the end of the night, according to National Grid.
More than 200 customers in Attleboro and Seekonk are without power as of Thursday at 5:40 a.m. in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to National Grid's website. The utility says full power will be restored to both communities by 11:59 p.m.
As of 5:40 a.m., power is out for 63 customers in Attleboro and 152 customers in Seekonk. Both numbers are significantly lower than they were Wednesday morning. Throughout the past 24 hours, the numbers have gone up and down, according to National Grid's website. Spokeswoman Caitlin Mahler told Attleboro-Seekonk Patch she did not know why the outage numbers went up at some points, but she said this can happen during major repair work.
"Sometimes in order to bring a greater number of people online, a small portion will have to be brought offline temporarily," wrote Mahler in an email to Patch. "New outages and switching are examples of the variety of reasons numbers of outages may increase."
Attleboro City Council President Frank Cook has scheduled a special council meeting for Friday at 7 p.m. The agenda states the purpose of the meeting is "to vote on storm-related matters and any legal matter that may come before the council." No specific storm-related items are noted on the agenda. City officials told Patch the council may need to vote on storm-related expenses.
Seekonk Town Hall, which had been without power from Monday night to Tuesday was back open Wednesday, as were the town's public schools. Among the Wednesday visitors to Town Hall was National Grid of Massachusetts President Marcy Reed, who made a brief visit. Board of Selectmen Chair Francis Cavaco told Patch he invited her to attend next week's selectmen meeting. He said she told him she would check her schedule to see if she could do that. If she could come, the utility's local operations manager would attend the meeting with her. The local head of Verizon was also invited to attend the meeting and may be able to do that, Cavaco said.
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, a little more than half of Seekonk's 6,333 customers were without power.