Cleanup underway following Monday’s storm; thousands still without power

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New Englanders are cleaning up and National Grid is working to restore power after strong winds and heavy rain pummeled the area Monday night.

More than 40,000 National Grid customers in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts were in the dark at the height of the storm.

As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than 2,800 customers were still without power in Rhode Island, while there were roughly 900 outages in Bristol County, Mass.

National Grid said they had nearly 2,000 crews working throughout the night to restore electricity.

The stormy conditions made for slow and difficult travel, with localized street flooding, reduced visibility and downed tree limbs and other debris.

Vehicles were seen overnight turning around on I-195 to avoid the floodwaters.

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The High Wind Advisory has expired. Gusts of 50-65 mph were reported in many areas, with a gust of 75 mph recorded on Block Island.

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For about three hours, certain vehicles such as motorcycles and tractor-trailers were restricted from using the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano bridges due to the high winds, but that order was lifted around 7 p.m. by the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

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