In high-powered storms such as this one, power outages are almost inevitable. Strong wind gusts and heavy snow can bring down trees and tree limbs, taking out power lines.

NStar spokesman Mike Durand says restoration efforts could take several days.

Durand says crews and additional contractors are already stationed at strategic locations throughout the company's service area, and will begin repairs when it's safe to do so.

To report a downed power line, call 9-1-1. To report an outage, call NStar at 1-800-592-2000, or log onto their website, NStar.com.