Power outages abound as Henri hits RI as a tropical storm


NORTHERN RI – A storm expected to bring high winds and rainfall to areas across New England made landfall on the Rhode Island coast early Sunday afternoon, and was projected to continue throughout the day, with potential for flooding and ongoing power outages.

The storm officially made landfall near Westerly at 12:15 p.m.

More than 70,000 National Grid customers in the state had already lost power by noon, and a Tropical Storm and Flood Watch remain in effect for northern Rhode Island and Connecticut through Monday morning.

The Pascoag Utility District reported outages on Manly Drive and Courthouse Lane as of 11 a.m. but had crews on hand restoring some homes by noon. A tree came down on the primary on Whipple Road causing additional outages in that area.

The company advised residents to visit the PUD Facebook page throughout the day for outage and restoration updates. Those without power in the PUD service area should call the office at (401) 568-6222.

“We appreciate your patience,” the company noted. “Please stay safe, never approach any downed power lines.”

National Grid also was reporting minor outages in North Smithfield Sunday morning, which had also been restored by early afternoon. Several hundred residents in neighboring Glocester remain without power.

For updates on expected restoration times visit https://outagemap.ri.nationalgridus.com/

As of Monday morning all PUD and National Grid customers in Burrillville and North Smithfield had power. No so in Glocester and southern parts of the state where restoration efforts are ongoing.

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