Patrick urges patience as crews work to restore power

Governor Deval PatrickGovernor Deval Patrick today urged Massachusetts residents to be patient as more than a half million utility customers waited for their power to be restored after an unusually early major nor’easter that dumped as much as 30 inches of heavy, wet snow on the state.

He said utility crews were “making progress” but there was “a lot more to do and a few days yet before power will be restored to everyone.” With more than 519,000 customers without power, state officials said almost 1,500 crews were on the ground. They said they hoped the number of customers without power would be cut in half by the end of the day, but some people might not get their power back until Friday. – Bostonglobe