UPDATE: Monday, 2:44 pm.: Power has been restored to more than 300 homes on the eastern side of Hamilton that lost electricity on Monday afternoon.
National Grid spokeswoman Charlotte McCormack said a branch that fell on wires on Eastern Avenue in Essex was the cause of the outage at about 1:30 p.m. About 2,000 homes and business were affected, with the bulk of those in Essex. But about 300 customers along Bridge, Essex and Sagamore streets in Hamilton also lost power.
Power was restored by 2:15 p.m., McCormack said.
A power outage that is affecting most of the town of Essex has also put more than 300 homes in Hamilton into the dark on Monday afternoon.
The outage occurred at about 1:30 p.m. and is affecting 326 electric customers in Hamilton, National Grid said. Power was expected to be restored by 5:15 p.m., the utility said.
It was not immediately known what caused the outage. In Hamilton, it is affecting areas of Bridge, Essex and Sagamore streets. In Essex, about 1,500 of the 2,000 electric customers there were without power as a result of the outage.
Monday afternoon’s power outage is much larger than any of the outages in Hamilton and Wenham during the recent storm. Just a few homes in Wenham lost power during the weekend blizzard and fewer than 50 homes lost power in Hamilton – most along Chebacco Road after a tree fell on the wires.