National Grid: Crews making ‘significant progress’ in restoring power

Arron Miller and John Virgadamo work in Lincoln. (Photo courtesy of National Grid)

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Utility crews are out working to restore power to communities around Southern New England after a storm Sunday night into Monday left tens of thousands of residents and businesses without electricity.

At last check, our Power Outage Database showed a fewer than 50,000 National Grid customers without power in Rhode Island and approximately 51,000 in Massachusetts, along with a number of Eversource outages in Bristol County, Mass.

As a result, many schools in the area were forced to close again on Tuesday due to the power outages. The city of Providence said all of its schools will be open on Wednesday as power has been restored to each of the buildings.

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.”

On Tuesday, National Grid Rhode Island President and COO Tim Horan said crews have made “significant progress over the past 24 hours” and that 60 percent of customers are now back in service. In that time they were strictly focused on public safety, targeting hospitals, schools, shelters and any live wires that came down.

Horan said he’s confident major cities and towns will be back online by Tuesday afternoon and rural areas will be finished by Thursday.

National Grid has received approximately 2,900 total calls for wires down over the past 24 hours, according to Horan. If you lose power, you can contact National Grid at 800-465-1212 or Eversource at 800-592-2000.

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Despite the power outages and storm damage, trick-or-treating will go on as planned for many communities, though officials ask that families and drivers be very careful, especially in neighborhoods without power.

As for the conditions, the Pinpoint Weather Team says it will be clear and cool with diminishing winds and temperatures dropping from the mid-50’s to the mid-40’s.

A Frost Advisory has been issued for the entire area Tuesday night, with temperatures expected to fall into the 30’s after midnight.

Have photos or videos of the storm and its impacts? Send them to us via ReportIt! and the best will be used on air and online.

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.

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