EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — National Grid crews are out making repairs around Southern New England after strong winds caused widespread power outages Thursday night into Friday.
Wind gusts clocked in around 50-60 mph as a cold front moved through the area, downing power lines and snapping tree limbs.
The National Weather Service recorded a wind gust of 59 mph at T.F. Green Airport while a number of gusts exceeded 60 mph in Massachusetts.
Dozens of schools lost power as a result of the storm, prompting some to delay the start of classes on Friday and others to cancel altogether.
At its peak, more than 45,000 Rhode Islanders were without power, according to National Grid spokesman Ted Kresse.
“This storm really hit all over Rhode Island,” Kresse said. “We saw outages in Coventry, in Central Falls and in Pawtucket with high numbers. We saw high numbers in Narragansett and Little Compton, so really everywhere across the state.”
By 10 p.m. Friday, the number of outages had been reduced to around 8,300 in Rhode Island and 2,100 in Massachusetts.
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Kresse tells Eyewitness News it will take several days to fully restore power, with the last customers expected to be back online by Sunday.
He also said lingering high winds have made it difficult for linemen to safely repair power lines in bucket trucks.
Snapped and uprooted trees are causing headaches for some residents, with some crashing through houses and blocking off busy roads overnight.
In Johnston, a tree toppled over onto a Vanner Street home.
Another tree smashed through the side of a home on Sherwood Valley Drive in Coventry, causing extensive damage.