12:49 p.m. -- The number of powerless NSTAR customers in Lexington has slipped below 2,000 for the first time in probably 24 hours, according to the company's outage map. The company's estimate for full restoration time is Thursday night.
10:47 a.m. (Oct. 31) -- Nearly 11 a.m. on Halloween and slightly more than 2,000 NSTAR customers remain without power in Lexington.
8:40 p.m. -- In what the town described as its final update sent out to the lists, officials announced schools and administrative offices, along with the library, Senior Center and recreation programs will be open on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Lexpress bus service will be running, with possible detours on Routes 1 and 5 if roads have not been cleared, and trash collection will continue on a holiday week schedule.
5:20 p.m. -- Hearing that school's on for tomorrow in Lexington. Have not yet confirmed with officials.
3:27 p.m. -- Jerry Michelson has confirmed the Lexington Retailers Association's annual Trick or Treat with Local Businesses is still on for tomorrow, Oct. 31. The hours are 2 to 5 p.m.
12:19 p.m. -- According to a press release from Fire Chief John Wilson, six streets are blocked by fallen trees and power lines to traffic with detours in place at the following locations: Mass Ave at Audubon, Lowell Street at 508 (near East Street); Grant Street at Sherman; Grove Street at Tidd Circle; Charles Street at Camden Street; and Shade Street.
10:51 a.m. -- Hearing lots of reports of downed trees and limbs around town. So now's a good time to remind folks not to approach them -- especially if there are wires around. This from the town: "Throughout town there is extensive tree damage, with downed wires and power outages. Do not approach downed wires. Consider all wires to be live."
10:11 a.m. -- According to Winchester Patch Editor Lindsey Davidson, "Wood Street and Mass Avenue before the I-95 bridge both have blocks on them because of downed trees. Need to drive slow."
9:20 a.m. (Oct. 30) -- As of this morning, more than 2,000 Lexington NSTAR customers are without power. Also, tonight's School Committee meeting has been canceled, according to an email from the district.
7:40 p.m. -- If you haven't yet, check out our Hurricane Sandy live blog, featuring tweets and posts from Patches across the commonwealth.
7:30 p.m. -- According to NSTAR, slightly more than 1,200 customers are currently without power. That's about 9 percent of all customers in Lexington.
5:00 p.m. -- According to tweets, Route 2 west is CLOSED from Sudbury Road to Walden Pond due to a tree and wires down.
3:40 p.m. -- Ouch. A recent spike in power outages has more than doubled the total from just 30 minutes ago, bringing the number of NSTAR customers powerless in Lexington to 1,771, or just under 15 percent of the town's total. Some of the recent areas to lose power include Peacock Farm, Watertown Street, Green Lane and Crescent Road, according to Patch readers who wrote in to the site. For those of you without power, here are some tips for extending the life of your cell phone batteries.
3:30 p.m. -- Just a friendly reminder about a couple of important numbers to keep in mind (from the town's website):
- Verizon can report service-related issues at 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) or online at www.verizon.com/support.
- You should anticipate losing phone service. If you wish to receive Code Red messages consider registering your cell phone with the CodeRed link on the Police Department webpage.
- Storm-related non-emergency calls should be directed to 781-274-8381 to keep the 911 lines open for emergencies.
3:05 p.m. -- It appears power has been restored to several hundred NSTAR customers around town. According to the utility's interactive outage map, 873 customers were without power at 3 p.m., down from more than 1,100 less than an hour earlier.
2:27 p.m. -- From a reader, regarding power outages: "Liberty Avenue and North Hancock and surrounding areas are out since about 1 p.m. Happy to see that Panera is open, at least for now."
1:20 p.m. -- According to NSTAR's interactive outage map, as of 1:20 p.m. on Oct. 29, 1,168 of Lexington's 13,141 customers were affected by the storm. Which is to say their power is out.
12:30 p.m. -- According to NSTAR's outage map, 128 of Lexington's 13,000-plus customers are currently without power.
12 p.m. -- The MBTA has announced it will shut down service at 2 p.m. today due to Hurricane Sandy.
11:30 a.m. -- A ride through Lexington Center and out Bedford Street revealed little obvious storm-related damage through the late morning, though the sidewalks and streets are littered with leaves. Members of the Lexington Police Department said they had not received many Sandy-related calls through about 11 a.m., and reminded that inquiries about power outages should be directed to the utility company to leave the emergency lines open for emergencies.
11 a.m. -- Expecting its location to be flooded following Hurricane Sandy's hard wind and rain, the Lexington Farmers Market has cancelled tomorrow's market, its last of the season.
9:45 a.m. -- Lexington Center looks surprisingly lively this morning. Several businesses are open and people walking along the streets.
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