Power outage in JP forces stores to close
BOSTON (WHDH) -- As temperatures soared into the 90s Thursday, NSTAR said the power went out in a large section of Jamaica Plain, which forced many businesses to close.
“I just walked up to Purple Cactus and all of the businesses up here on the left side [of Centre Street] have no power,” said Eileen Costello, who was without power.
NSTAR crews were out in the heat, scrambling to get the power back on. NSTAR said the outage, which happened around 1 p.m. in the area of Centre Street, was caused by equipment problems underground.
Business owners say it was absolutely brutal with no air conditioning. Many just sent their employees home.
“We were staying open for awhile, but it was getting too hot for the employees…so we had to let them go,” said one man.
Elsewhere in Boston people struggled through the fifth day of the heat wave. Many melted under the scorching sun and did what they had to do to fight the heat -- shielded themselves with umbrellas, wore floppy sun hats and kept a bottle of water in hand.
For those who weren’t working, they enjoyed the refreshing water at the Mirabella Pool in the North End.
At the height of the Jamaica Plain power outage there were about 2,500 customers without power. Power has been restored to most of the customers.