Cleanup, power restoration efforts continue following nor’easter

PINPOINT STORMBEAT (WPRI) — Power has been restored to thousands of Rhode Islanders overnight as cleanup form Tuesday’s storm continues.

As of 5 p.m., approximately 192250 National Grid customers in Rhode Island and another 602 in Massachusetts remain without power. Most of these outages are in Kent and Washington Counties.

Power is expected to be restored to all customers by midnight

Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution Wednesday, as even plowed roads may be slippery with black ice. Untreated surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots are especially slick.

Officials are reminding drivers to always clear all snow off of vehicles before heading out. Flying snow can obstruct mirrors and windows or damage other vehicles.

As the cleanup and power restoration efforts continue, scattered snow showers are possible Wednesday evening.

Dozens of students have a second snow day or delay Wednesday as districts work to clear snow and ensure roadways are safe.

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Most public transportation has resumed regular service, with the first passenger flight at T.F. Green scheduled for Wednesday morning taking off just after 5:30 a.m. Travel to and from the airport is still affected, however, with many scheduled departures cancelled Wednesday morning.

RIPTA sent out an announcement early Wednesday saying nearly all bus routes will run as usual.

Whiteout conditions hit parts of Southern New England on Tuesday as the region suffered its third nor’easter in less than two weeks, leaving some local schools closed for two days and utility crews dealing with scattered outages.

The National Weather Service confirmed blizzard conditions, including in Newport and Falmouth, at the storm’s height. A blizzard is defined as three hours of visibility at a quarter-mile or less, with frequent wind guests to 35 mph. About two feet of snow fell in parts of northern Rhode Island.

Gov. Gina Raimondo allowed a tractor-trailer ban to lapse at 8 p.m., 16 hours after she put it in place to help keep Rhode Island roads clear for plows.

Many school districts in southeastern Massachusetts opted to cancel classes for a second day on  Wednesday, while most in Rhode Island started the day later than usual.

The storm caused thousands of power outages across Southern New England, though Raimondo said National Grid had been relatively successful in dealing with the problems quickly in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island State Police said there were only six accidents between midnight and 1:30 p.m., but then there were another seven over the next few hours as more people began to drive. Troopers also responded to 19 disabled vehicles, many of which skidded off the roads. No serious injuries were reported.


Dial 2-1-1 for information about shelters, heating centers and more

Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions and other special health needs can sign up for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry.

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Safety Tips

The Red Cross urges residents to prepare for winter weather, emphasizing that preparing early will help avoid last-minute rushing. The Red Cross recommends how families should prepare:

  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit: This should include winter-specific supplies such as warm clothes, hats, gloves, water resistant shoes, extra blankets, and sand or non-clumping kitty litter.
  • Follow storm warnings: A winter storm WATCH means storm conditions are possible in the next 36-48 hours, a winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening or severe weather conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.
  • Prepare your home and car: Keep your gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing and make sure your home is properly insulated.
  • Use technology: Free apps can give real-time information to help you prepare.
  • Health Department: Those with special healthcare needs can enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry. by clicking here. Those without access to a computer can call 2-1-1.

Power outages

National Grid continues to work to restore power to those still in the dark..

  • Interactive Map:  Track power outages by city or town »
  • Safety Guide: Power Outages »
  • Report an outage to National Grid: 1-800-465-1212.
  • Report an outage to Eversource: 1-800-592-2000.
  • Report an outage to Pascoag Utility District: 1-401-568-6222.
  • Snow hotline for Providence residents: 1-401-680-8080.

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