Severe storm brings damage, outages to parts of Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A severe and quick moving storm caused street flooding, power outages, and reports of damage across our area on Saturday.

It has not been confirmed whether a tornado has touched down, however there are numerous reports of trees and wires down.

At one point, National Grid said there were 11,000 customers in Rhode Island without power. As of 10:41 p.m., 1,900 customers remained without power.

In Cranston, our 12 News crew found fallen trees and broken windows at a home on Elmwood Avenue.

“I hear loud wind coming around. I get up and my whole house starts shaking,” Sheila Strobel said.

It was an experience that Shiela Strobel and Ashley Sullivan said they couldn’t explain.

“The whole house you could hear it, it was shaking. My daughter’s window smashed. It’s crazy, it kind of just scared us all,” Ashley Sullivan said.

Two streets away, Sal Brogno came home from a family party to an unwelcomed surprise. His boat was blow on its side the middle of the street.

“What am I going to do. How am I going to get it back up,” Brogno said.

Neighbor Michael Yottaw described the scary moments leading up to the boat being tossed from the yard.

“The rain started coming down real heavy, saw the flashing of lightning, then the intensity increased,” he said. “It looked like it was going to get airborne and go through my porch so I ran to my basement.”

The National Weather Service says it will conduct a storm survey in Rhode Island on Sunday. Investigators will be looking at damage in Providence, Washington, and Kent counties.

Heavy rain flooded streets in downtown Providence (Courtesy: AJ Braverman)

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