National Grid expects power to be fully restored in RI by Wednesday

South County

EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Thousands of Rhode Islanders remain without power two days after Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in the Ocean State.

Hundreds of line crews are out working to restore power to more than 1,500 National Grid customers, primarily in the southern part of the state.

National Grid said Tuesday evening that the utility has restored power to 95% of the approximately 116,000 Rhode Islanders customers who lost it during the storm. It hopes to have power fully restored by Wednesday.

The storm made landfall in Westerly Sunday morning, with wind gusts that clocked up to 70 mph at times along the coastline.

The strong gusts downed trees and powerlines across the state, causing significant damage in some instances. National Grid said the hardest-hit communities included South Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly, Jamestown, Charlestown and North Kingstown.

Restoration efforts along Gardiner Road in Exeter were hindered briefly Tuesday due to the improper use of a generator, according to the town’s Emergency Management Agency, though a portion of the neighborhood has since had their power restored.

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