Storm brings damaging winds, power outages to northern R.I.


Northern RI – A powerful storm that blew into the region Tuesday night continued to rage through Wednesday morning, knocking down trees and taking out power lines throughout the state.

In northern Rhode Island, around 200 homes in North Smithfield had no power Wednesday morning, including a large swath of homes in the area of Tarkiln Road on the town line with Burrillville. A tree down on Providence Pike forced many to find detours to area schools.

Several hundred homes had also lost power in Glocester, with another large outage affecting the area bordering the neighboring town of Foster. Many homes in Burrillville saw brief outages Tuesday night in the area of South Main Street and Town Farm Road.

Pascoag Utility District noted Wednesday morning that the company was aware of several additional outages, and crews had been dispatched. Anyone without power should call PUD’s automated Outage Management Service Line at 1-855-730-8710.

Still, northern Rhode Island seemed to have been spared the worst of the storm. Statewide, 94,574 National Grid customer were without power around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and several schools throughout the southern half of Rhode Island were closed.

According to National Grid, more than 2,400 field-based personnel were working on emergency response operations.

“We will continue to monitor the weather and in the event of outages, we will be working for as long as needed to restore service as quickly and safely as possible,” the company noted.

To report a National Grid outage visit or call 800-322-3223. An outage map with estimated restoration times is available here.

Heavy rains are expect to begin to taper off later this morning with gusts of wind not quite as strong, and skies are expected to finally clear Wednesday night.

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