Crews working to restore power in parts of RI, Mass.

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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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During the storm, Burrillville had received about 12″ of snow, Cumberland was at 10″ and Fall River reported 7″.

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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:

Power Outages

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.

 

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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:

Stay with WPRI.com and Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 for updates during this Severe Weather Alert.

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