UPDATE at 9:31pm, winds gusted to 61mph.
As of 9:30PM, 685 National Grid customers were without power.
Winds have been increasing steadily the past few hours. Westerly has been seeing some very strong gusts in excess of 50mph between 8:30 and 9:30pm. Expect the winds to increase more with gusts between 50 and 75mph between 10PM and 2AM. Many more power outages are likely.
-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo
STORM READY LINKS: Storm Ready Resource Guide | Interactive Hurricane Tracker | Evacuation Routes & Storm Surge Maps | Ocean & Bay Forecast | Latest 7 Day Forecast | Pinpoint Weather Blog | Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar | Threat Tracker | Pinpoint Traffic | WPRI.com Flight Tracker | Closings & Delays | Download: Pinpoint Weather App | Download: Eyewitness News App | Sign Up: Weather Alerts