Strong winds cause damage, power outages across S. New England

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New Englanders are cleaning up after strong winds blew through the region Thursday, downing trees and power lines and causing all sorts of damage.

A High Wind Warning was in effect until 7 p.m. Gusty winds will continue overnight, with temperatures dropping to the low to mid-20s.

Due to the conditions, CCRI canceled all classes and activities Thursday at its Knight Campus in Warwick.

The wind caused thousands of households to lose power during the day. That number was reduced to a few hundred by Thursday night, according to our Power Outage Database.

Fallen trees were reported in Johnston, Warwick, North Providence, and Seekonk, just to name a few.

In Seekonk, a car that was for sale has been taken off the market after it was crushed by a fallen sign.

“I actually didn’t hear it,” said Jordan Gosetti of Champion Motorsports. “One of our customers just came came in and said, ‘I saw your sign come down out front.'”

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The fate of the car is ultimately up to the insurance company, according to Gosetti, who’s not optimistic.

“I think it’s probably going to be totaled unfortunately,” he said.

A cleanup is also underway in West Warwick after a large tree came crashing down on Carpenter Court.

“I heard a rumble, a bang, the house shook,” recalled the homeowner, Matthew Crudale. “I came outside and the big tree as laying in the yard.”

Fortunately, there were no injuries and the tree didn’t crash directly onto Crudale’s home, though it did clip part of the house on the way down, leaving some minor damage.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Crudale added. “As long as there are no holes in the roof and we don’t have a leak we will be okay.”

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