Southern New England hit with rain, wind

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rain and wind will continue in parts of Southern New England Tuesday night but slow as the evening goes on and the nor’easter moves out of the region.

According to Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello, the storm will be passing by Nantucket Tuesday night.

The temperature was above freezing for the storm. Had it not been, the Pinpoint Weather Team said that it could have dumped more than a foot and a half of snow in the area.

The lack of snow helped keep cities save the funds in their snow budgets for a little bit later in the season.

“We’re in really good shape,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “We’ve had a fairly mild winter, but what we’ve done over previous years is increased the number that we put into the snow budget.”

A spokesperson for the city of Cranston also said that city’s snow budget had more than half its $740,000 total remaining.

In the midst of the storm, wind gusts up to 60 mph caused power outages across the state.

National Grid said 7,186 customers in Rhode Island lost power during the storm. Some of the larger outages including 650 customers in Chepachet, 743 people in Westerly, and 764 people in Wakefield. Another 700 customers in Providence lost electricity Tuesday morning on Harris Avenue, though a spokesperson for National Grid said it was due to an underground cable issue and it was unclear if the cable issue was caused by the rain.

Power was restored by Tuesday afternoon.

Strong winds also made it difficult for firefighters to put out flames at a house in Middletown. The Smythe Street home was engulfed around 5 a.m. early Tuesday morning.

“The wind helped the fire grow in intensity,” Chief Ron Doire said. “It’s really hard to combat Mother Nature.” Doire said the wind caused visibility problems as it blew smoke sideways.

Two adults and three children escaped the home unhurt, Doire said. No firefighters were injured.


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