NWS: Three confirmed tornadoes in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed three tornadoes touched down in Rhode Island on Saturday after surveying the damage left behind.

The first, an EF-1, spanned from Stonington, Conn., to Westerly, with winds of 90 mph and a path 100 yards wide.

The second tornado was an EF-1 in North Kingstown that was 150 yards wide and had sustained winds of 80 mph.

The third was confirmed in Foster. According to the NWS, it was an EF-0 with 80 mph winds that started in Plainfield, Conn., and covered about 6.13 miles.

A 12 News crew in North Kingstown Sunday morning observed fallen trees, downed power lines and a lot of property damage as a result of the storm.

At one point, National Grid said there were 11,000 customers in Rhode Island without power.

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

These were also the first November tornadoes on record in Rhode Island.

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