Strong, howling winds topple trees, knock out power to thousands

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Heavy wind gusts howled across Southern New England Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands across the region.

Wind gusts along the coast clocked in between 60-70 mph, while inland areas saw peak gusts of up to 55 mph.

A High Wind Warning along the coast expired around 8 p.m. and a High Wind Advisory remained in effect until 10 p.m.

As of 11 p.m., the Power Outage Database shows more than 25,000 National Grid customers in Rhode Island are without power, with an additional 54,000 in Massachusetts.

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Trees all across the region “snapped like toothpicks” due to the heavy wind gusts, according to one Eyewitness News photographer.

In Taunton, tree limbs crashed down upon the roof of a multi-family home on Couch Street. No one was injured, however, residents living on the top floor had to be escorted out by first responders.

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