The state's biggest utilities are reporting more power outages, but also working on repairs, as the storm Sandy moves inland.
The number of electricity customers without power is leveling off in Massachusetts over 385,000 as the hybrid storm Sandy smacks into the Northeast.
As of about 8:50 p.m. WMECo was reporting just over 12,000 outages, with most clustered in Berkshire County and western Hampshire and Hampden counties. National Grid reported about 7,500 customers without power in the three Western Mass counties.
Holyoke and Westfield municipal utility companies report that all customers who lost power had service restored by late Monday evening.
Elsewhere in the state, NStar reported nearly 156,000 outages, while Unitil says about 3,600 of its customers in north central Massachusetts have no electricity.
State officials are urging customers who lose power to be patient. They said current weather conditions make it impossible for many line crews to work.
Copyright 2012 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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