Power may be out for days in parts of RI, Mass. after overnight storm

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A strong storm that tore through Southern New England Sunday night into Monday has left tens of thousands of people without power, with varying levels of damage across the region.

At last check, our Power Outage Database showed just over 130,000 National Grid customers without power in Rhode Island and about 184,000 in Massachusetts, along with a number of Eversource outages in Bristol County, Mass.

In a statement Monday afternoon, National Grid said it could take multiple days to restore power everywhere “due to extensive tree damage and branches coming down on power lines.” The utility company said it was “responding first to police and fire requests for wires down before proceeding to damage assessment and restoration, and transmission line repair to restore larger outages.”

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Schools across the region were forced to cancel classes Monday as a result. Many districts have yet to make a determination about Tuesday and are expected to provide updates Monday night. Pinpoint Closing Network »

Providence Public Schools will be open on Tuesday, with the exception of George J. West Elementary School, Vartan Gregorian Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary School. The two elementary schools still remain without power, according to officials. Chariho Public Schools will also be open on Tuesday, except for Ashaway Elementary School.

The wind gusts will diminish as the night goes on though gusts of 30 to 40 mph are still possible.

In addition to power lines, the storm also knocked down many trees and branches, causing damage and temporary street closures. The WPRI.com Flight Tracker shows several delays in and out of T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.

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Lifespan spokesperson Christina Spaight O’Reilly said Rhode Island Hospital treated 10 patients for injuries from motor vehicle crashes from 7 p.m. Sunday through 7 a.m. Monday, which is slightly above average for this time of year. Meanwhile, the hospital also treated one person who was injured by a falling object and another needed medical intervention due to a lack of electrically-powered home medical equipment.

With many residents still without power, the city of Providence opened eight recreation centers early on Monday:

  •  Vincent Brown, 438 Hope St. Providence RI 20906
  • John H. Rollins, 674 Praire Ave. Providence, RI 02905
  • Joslin, 17 Hyatt St. Providence, RI 02909
  • Neutaconkanut, 675 Plainfield St. Providence, RI 02909
  • West End, 109 Bucklin St. Providence, RI 02907
  • Zuccolo, 18 Gesler St. Providence, RI 02909
  • Sackett, 159 Sackett St. Providence, RI 02907
  • Rogers, 60 Camden Ave., Providence RI 02908

The city said the Davey Lopes, Pleasant View and Robert F. Kennedy rec centers are without power and will remain closed.

Power banks to charge phones and other devices will be available at the Warwick Public Library located at 600 Sandy Lane until 9 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

In the above video, Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo flew Sky Drone 12 over Foster to survey damage from the storm.

In addition, Planet Fitness said its location on Taunton Avenue in Seekonk is open to the public to provide access to showers, while its Cranston, Coventry and Cumberland clubs hope to reopen by 7 p.m. Monday.

The Scituate Senior Center, located at 1315 Chopmist Hill Road, will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday so residents can charge devices and have some coffee.

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