Residents forced to get creative during power outage

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Many residents are still without power and that’s forcing some of them to get creative.

“A generator with extension cords, which my house looks like a spider’s web,” explained Jason Bell.

Utilities are reporting progress in restoring service to the tens of thousands of southern New England residents who lost power during a wave of severe thunderstorms. But some will have to wait a bit longer.

Wade Rogers of West Warwick had just bought $200 worth of groceries the night before the storm and tried a different method to keep his food from going to waste.

Without a generator he used a car inverter, which can plug into an AC outlet inside a car, to keep his food cold.

“I just said ‘hey, I’ll give it a shot,'” said Rogers. “See how it works, first time I ever used it so it’s working out great.”

On Wednesday afternoon, National Grid said about 30,000 Rhode Island customers and about 1,000 Massachusetts customers remained in the dark. Now, the numbers by Thursday morning have shrunk to just over 12,000 residents without power in Rhode Island.

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