Cleanup underway after tornadoes cause damage to parts of RI

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NORTH KINGSOTWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The cleanup is underway after a severe and fast-moving storm resulted in three tornadoes in Rhode Island on Saturday evening.

It caused trees and wires to come down and power outages across the state.

At one point, National Grid said there were 11,000 customers in Rhode Island without power. As of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, there were about 450 customers affected, most of which were in North Kingstown.

On Hideaway Lane, 12 News found crews working on utility lines to restore power, a tree uprooted from the ground and debris scatted all over.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed tornadoes touched down in Westerly, Foster and North Kingstown, after surveying the damage on Sunday.

They investigated the areas of damage to determine whether the damage was caused by straight-line winds or tornadoes.

Since 1986, the NWS in Norton has only issued 8 tornado warnings in the month of November. Seven of them were on Saturday, and the other was last year.

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