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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Strong wind gusts howled across Southern New England Monday night and well into Tuesday, knocking down trees and power lines.

Some parts of the area saw gusts over 50 mph. The Wind Advisory has expired with the gusts expected to diminish through the evening.

When will the winds die down and temperatures start to warm up again? Tune into 12 News right now for Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca’s updated forecast.

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More than 10,000 homes and businesses were without power at the peak of the outages overnight, according to National Grid.

As of 5:30 p.m., 1,100 customers were still without electricity in Rhode Island, while Bristol County, Mass., had around 100 outages.

Here are some of the strongest reported wind gusts:

Some school districts, including East Greenwich and Coventry, shifted to distance learning due to power outages. Middletown schools also made the switch because of a heating issue.

12 News received reports of downed trees and other damage from around Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

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Attleboro got hit hard overnight, with police saying they fielded a steady stream of calls for help from residents. One downed tree was blocking Thayer Farm Road around 2:30 a.m.

Around the same time on Hillside Avenue, near Sturdy Memorial Hospital, crews worked to free a tree from power lines to help get the lights back on.

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