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  • Warwick Clears Downed Trees, National Grid Continues Restoring Power

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A downed tree struck the roof above a New Britain Street home's bedroom Friday.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A downed tree struck the roof above a New Britain Street home’s bedroom Friday.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A downed tree struck the roof above a New Britain Street home's bedroom Friday.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A downed tree struck the roof above a New Britain Street home’s bedroom Friday.

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Church Avenue. Warwick Post had corrected, and regrets, the error. 

    UPDATE 9 A.M. March 4: National Grid reports there are 1,804 customers without power in Warwick as of 9 a.m..

    The utility estimates it will restore the remaining outages by late Monday night. About 39,000 customers are without power, 8,443 of them in Kent County.

    WARWICK, RI — Winds were still gusting strong Saturday as a forceful two-day storm began to wind down, while neighbors across Warwick began to clean up, which involved moving trees off homes and property.

    About 2,824 customers were without power by 10 p.m. Saturday, according to National Grid.

    By late Saturday afternoon, downed trees blocked Lima Street, and Merle Street, and had fallen on Church Avenue, Elwin Street, Bend Street, Newton Street, and New Britain Street, where a tree had smashed in the north side of the house. The impact at noon Friday caved in a bedroom, where residents, predicting the tree would give in the storm had evacuated for the opposite end of the house.

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    By Saturday at about 4 p.m., Northeastern Tree Removal, enlisting the aid of Bay Crane, was at work removing the tree from the New Britain Drive Home.

    Bill Dowding watched as the crew made short work of the downed branches and tree trunk that had crumpled the roof over the bedroom of his house while he was working at Electric Boat. He and his wife, Eileen, had been convinced the tree north of the house was a danger, which proved prescient.

    Fortunately, Bill said, Eileen had a feeling and moved to the opposite end of the house before the tree fell onto it.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A tree fallen over a house's garage at 619 Church Street.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A tree fallen over a house’s garage at 619 Church Avenue.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Downed branches were cut into moveable pieces on Newton Street Saturday.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Downed branches were cut into moveable pieces on Newton Street Saturday.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A downed tree blocked Merle Street Saturday.

    [CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A downed tree blocked Merle Street Saturday.

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