Damaging Storm Overnight, Some Improvement Today

If you had trouble sleeping overnight you are not the only one.  It was a noisy night with extremely strong winds gusts, over 100 thousand power outages, and so many tree damage reports that it’s hard to keep track. Even as the worst of the storm will be over for the morning commute, there will be some tough travel with downed trees, branches, garbage cans, and other kinds of debris.  In addition, there are many areas with standing water from the heavy rain.  Remember if you aren’t sure how the deep the water is, turn around and go a different direction.

Here are a list of wind gusts from the storm, with some gusts exceeding over hurricane force!

In addition, the Cape had some hurricane for gusts with Mashpee clocking in at 82 mph!

The number of power outages in Rhode Island has already exceeded the number of outages from Sandy!

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As of early this morning, the customers with out power are at about 142,000.

Periods of heavy rain have also been falling overnight, here are some total:

URI: 2.97″

Newport: 2.92″

Woonsocket: 2.66″

Watch Hill: 2.62″

TF Green: 2.25:

Fall River: 3.26″

Here are some additional totals courtesy of the SKYWARN weather network.

Taunton MA – 1.02
Attleboro MA – 1.13
Ahsby MA – 1.36
Woonsocket RI – 1.13
Glendale RI – 1.47
Chepachet RI – 1.59
Providence RI – 1.26
Johnston RI – 1.21
Cranston RI – 1.56
Warwick RI – 1.17
Barrington RI – 1.25
Wickford RI – 1.29
Charlestown RI – 1.10
Kingston RI – 1.19
Hope Valley RI – 1.57
North Kingston RI – 1.02
Watch Hill Tide Gauge RI – 1.36
U of RI – 1.21, 1.19
Jamestown RI – 1.02

Timeline for rest of day:

Until 8AM: The worst of the storm should be over, and we may actually get a fairly calm period.  However, winds will start to pick up again toward the 8AM hour as the center of low pressure to our north deepens a bit.  A few showers may linger as well.

8AM – Afternoon: Winds may still gust 35-45 mph from the west.  While this won’t be as bad as the winds we had overnight,  this COULD make cleanup operations and power restoration difficult and there is a possibility of some additional scattered wind damage. It did look like some of the power outage numbers started dropping this morning so it’s tough to say exactly when and where the power will come back on.  At least the sun will be back! More updates coming soon. -Pete Mangione

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