EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New England was hit with stormy weather on Thursday which impacted travel in some areas.
There weren’t any major disruptions like when I-95 had to fully close earlier this month, but the downpours did cause ponding and flooding. Drivers are urged to use caution and should never try to cross a flooded roadway.
Pleasant Street in Fall River had to shut down for a couple hours because it was completely underwater in the area of Stafford Square. One resident told 12 News it’s not the first time that’s happened this year.
“When it rains hard, this happens all the time,” Silverio Saraiva said. The roadway has since reopened.
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DPW crews were out clearing storm drains there and in other spots marked by standing water.
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said there were no road closures or significant problems in Rhode Island.
“We had crews out there during the last two days and overnight last night cleaning catch basins, making sure they are free and clear to take the drainage,” Alviti told 12 News. “They are out there now, and our crews will remain out there throughout the entire storm period.”
The rain is expected to end by 6 p.m. and the skies will clear up, according to Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca.
There was a risk of power outages due to the gusty winds, but our database shows there were only a few dozen in Rhode Island and Massachusetts as of 5 p.m.
Hurricane Fiona is expected to stay well off-shore, but swells will reach the East Coast on Thursday. A High Surf Advisory is in effect, with battering waves of 5–9 feet possible.
Our Flight Tracker shows some delays and cancelations at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick and Logan Airport in Boston.
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