PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — National Grid is working to restore power to thousands of people in Rhode Island and Massachusetts after a storm led to numerous power outages.
At last check, our Power Outage Database showed a little over 60,000 National Grid customers without power in Rhode Island and just under 90,000 in Massachusetts, along with a number of Eversource outages in Bristol County, Mass.
“This was a very intense storm with extensive damage and our crews will be working around the clock to restore power to our customers,” said Dan Bunszell, National Grid’s vice president of New England Electric Operations. “Winds have subsided, so we can transition to restoration while maintaining our focus on public safety.”
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National Grid has called in an additional 500 crews from as far as Michigan and Florida to support the restoration process. National Grid spokesman Ted Kresse said there is no clear timeline for when power will be fully restored, but the utility company is preparing for a multi-day restoration process.
“There are going to be some folks without power for a few days,” Kresse said. “We just ask that they have patience, we are doing everything possible to get their power back up and running.”
One neighborhood in Johnston has 10 trees across the road, causing power outages and blocking residents in.
Deb Iannuccilli is one of the dozens of residents on Scenic View Drive without power, or a way out.
“It’s been awful today, we haven’t been able to get out of here all day,” she said. “I had to call my sister to come here to take me to a restaurant to get food for dinner.”
The powerful storm has left more customers in the dark than Superstorm Sandy.
“We knew in advance that there was going to be some kind of a storm,” Kresse said. “Now, whether or not we knew the impact and the extent of it was certainly something that was not known at the time.”