Remembering Hurricane Gloria

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — This September marks 30 years since Hurricane Gloria blew across Southern New England.

Referred to as the “storm of the century,” Gloria strengthened into a powerful category four hurricane while it was close to the Bahamas, with winds of 145 miles-per-hour.

By the time it reached Rhode Island, Gloria had weakened to a category one storm. Trees were torn down and boats were tossed in the water — and two local people died in the storm.

And even though it hit during low tide, the storm left 300,000 Rhode Islanders without power.

“The night before the hurricane hit, as a precaution, I slept overnight in the state house on a couch in the governor’s office. Perfectly okay, and [we] were up and about early in the morning when the storm was actually hitting Rhode Island,” said former Governor Edward DiPrete.

See the full interview in the video above.

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