Hundreds without power as winds begin to die down

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(WPRI) — Hundreds of Rhode Islanders remain without power Tuesday after strong winds moved through Southern New England, toppling trees and damaging power lines.

A High Wind Warning expired at 7 p.m. Monday night, but a High Wind Advisory took its place.

The High Wind Advisory will be in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca says the strongest winds occurred Monday afternoon, with wind gusts throughout the day averaging at approximately 50-65 mph. For Tuesday, he says gusts of 40-50 mph are possible.

According to the WPRI.com Power Outage Database, nearly 500 National Grid customers in Rhode Island were still without power as of 1 p.m. Tuesday. At one point, it was over 3,000.

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More than 8,000 customers across Massachusetts were without power Tuesday. Eversource reported thousands more in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

According to National Grid spokesperson Ted Kresse, during the height of the wind storm there were more than 450 line crews and more than 200 forestry crews working to restore power across Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Kresse also noted that crews can’t operate the bucket trucks with wind gusts of more than 35 mph, meaning some of the work will have to wait until the wind dies down.

The strong winds caused significant damage across the region Monday. At least three boats were toppled over by strong wind gusts at the Borden Light Marina in Fall River.

In West Warwick, a man was rushed to the hospital after a tree fell on top of his car while he was driving.

A Coventry family’s portable generator caught fire Monday night, engulfing the home in flames. Fire officials said the homeowners were using the generator because they lost power due to the strong wind gusts.

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