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Storm Knocks Out Power for Thousands in RI, Warwick

[CREDIT: National Grid] Several thousand people were without power as a violent storm blew through Rhode Island Sunday night and Monday morning.
[CREDIT: National Grid] Several thousand people were without power as a violent storm blew through Rhode Island Sunday night and Monday morning.
UPDATE: 7:06 a.m. — Warwick Public Schools are canceled due to widespread power outages following the storm overnight, as are activities and classes for morning and afternoon at Kent YMCA.

National Grid reported 141,000 customers in RI are without power following the storm, with about 5,000 in Warwick without power.

Additonal closures/storm related notices:

Providence MBTA Commuter Rail service is now suspended due to downed trees in overhead wires. No service TF Green to Canton Junction. Stoughton Ln operating.

West Bay CollaborativeClosed Today

J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial CenterClosed Today; 3445 Post Road power outage

Sargent Rehabilitation CenterClosed Today

St Kevin SchoolClosed Today

St Peter SchoolClosed Today

St Rose of Lima SchoolClosed Today; No PM Activities

Boys and Girls Club – WarwickClosed Today

Buttonwoods SchoolClosed Today; Weather/power outages

Crayons Early Care and Education Ctr IncClosed Today; Power outage

Discovery Years Learning CenterClosed today Monday 10/30/2017; No power. Trick or Treat tom.

Liddle Tots II TeenDelayed 1 hour, 30 minutes; Open at 8:30am

Lighthouse PreschoolClosed Today

Lit’l Red Hen Preschool-KGClosed Today

The Learning GardenOpen as usual: power on

Original post 1:30 a.m.:

WARWICK, RI — National Grid reported  129,000 customers were without power at of 1:30 a.m. Monday, about 10,000 of them in Warwick as a violent storm blew rain cross streets and highways and knocked down trees across the city.

The utility did not expect the outages reported in Warwick to be repaired until 5 p.m. Monday.

Three hours earlier, the utility’s power outage map had showed just 29,000 people without power. By 1:30 p.m., several Facebook users in Warwick had reported downed trees and wires as well as power outages. National Grid warned residents to consider any downed wire to be live and dangerous, and asked them to report snapped wires on their hotline, 800-465-1212.

The National Weather Service has a high wind warning, with wind speeds of 50 mph and gusts up to 70 mph, and a flood warning in effect until 6 a.m., with a flash flood warning in effect until 4 a.m. The winds, expected at hurricane force, are expected to last into the morning and continue to down trees and cause power outages.

WPRI 12’s TJ Del Santo reported gusts of up to 81 mph off Conimicut Point.

Emergency Alerts:

RIBA – Make sure you’re signed up for text alerts from the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association. You’ll get emergency notifications (including school closings and delays) direct to your phone or email.

CodeRED – The City of Warwick has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®.  The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire City of Warwick. Register here.

TF Green Airport – Click here to follow arrivals and departures at Green.

Emergency Calls:

  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 401-468-4200
  • Fire Department: (401) 468-4000
  • Highway Dept.  401-738-2000 ext. 6518
  • Do NOT call 911 to report a power outage. Contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Smartphone users can also text STORM to NGRID (64743) for outage alerts. To check the status of outages in your area, visit National Grid Outage Central for Rhode Island.
Rob Borkowski
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