PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The snow has ended in Southern New England, but we aren’t out of the woods yet – as thousands of customers are still without power.
The heavy snow on Friday knocked down tree limbs and power lines around the region, leaving many residents without electricity.
At last check, just over 2,000 National Grid Customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are without power. National Grid reported just before noon that “approximately 97 percent of the 149,000 customers that were initially affected by the storm now have power, with restoration expected to be complete today.” Check out our Power Outage Database for more information. (See below for more information on how to report a power outage)
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- WINTER WEATHER: Tips for driving in snow or ice
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During the storm, Burrillville had received about 12″ of snow, Cumberland was at 10″ and Fall River reported 7″.
- Thousands of residents were without power Friday. Check our Power Outage Database for updates.
- The head of Moses Brown announces the closure of school with a funny Adele parody video.
- The town of Johnston showed us how it uses a special mixture to treat its roads during winter storms.
- RIPTA is advising the public that all service is running five to 10 minutes late due to the snow. Check www.ripta.com for updates.
Eyewitness News Reporter Jared Pliner was in northern Rhode Island Friday, where trees were down on roads and houses. See his report in the video below:
National Grid offers the following tips for customers to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety in the event that storm-related power outages occur.
- POWER OUTAGES: Power Outages Map & Database
- National Grid customers who experience an outage should call 1-800-465-1212 to expedite restoration.
- Eversource (previously Nstar) customers, report outages to 1-800-592-2000.
- For customers of the Pascoag Utility District, report at outage by calling 401-568-6222.
- Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electricity wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
- Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
- People who depend on electricity-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s New England Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
Cold Weather Car Tips from AAA of Southern New England
Extreme cold can be a hassle for drivers. AAA of Southern New England has tips to keep your car running smoothly.
- Drive your car on a regular basis. A car’s battery suffers a lot in really cold weather. When the temperatures drop to about 32 degrees, a car loses about 30% of its battery capacity. When temps drop to zero, a car could lose half its battery capacity. If you leave your car sitting in cold temperatures for two or three days it won’t’ start.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full. This can prevent your gas line from freezing up.
- Avoid using your parking brake because it can freeze.
- Avoid cruise control on ice and slippery surfaces.
- Check your tires regularly. Tires tend to lose air pressure in the winter.
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More Safety Tips
The Red Cross urges residents to prepare for winter weather, emphasizing that preparing early will help avoid last minute rushing. The Red Cross recommends how families should prepare:
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit: This should include winter-specific supplies such as warm clothes, hats, gloves, water resistant shoes, extra blankets, and sand or non-clumping kitty litter. Winter Emergency Supply Kit »
- Follow storm warnings: A winter storm WATCH means storm conditions are possible in the next 36-48 hours, a winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening or severe weather conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Weather Alerts »
- Prepare your home and car: Keep your gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing and make sure your home is properly insulated.
- Use technology: Free apps can give real-time information to help you prepare. WPRI 12 Free Apps: Download Pinpoint Weather App | Download WPRI 12 Eyewitness News App
- Health Department: Those with special healthcare needs can enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry by clicking here. Those without access to a computer can call 2-1-1.
- Be Storm Ready: WPRI.com Storm Ready Resource Guide »
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