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.
- Plot the Storm: Hurricane Tracking Chart
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.