Christmas storm brings flooding, power outages

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It was a stormy start to Christmas, with heavy rain, dense fog, and strong winds being seen across Southern New England.

The storm caused isolated damage and difficult travel conditions.

Some power outages are being reported, but the numbers are not as high as originally anticipated.

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Additionally, the 1-3″ of expected rainfall combined with the snow already on the ground is resulting in some street and poor drainage flooding. There’s also the potential for basement and minor coastal flooding.

Traffic was also being slowed down on I-95 South near Exit 15 in Cranston due to flooding.

A Flood Watch was in effect for all of Southern New England from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and with gusts of 50-65 mph expected, a High Wind Warning was also issued from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.

Some damages have been seen, including a tree leaning on power lines on Flat River Road in Coventry.

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Southern New Englanders should make sure to charge their phones and other devices prior to the storm and have an emergency kit ready with basic living necessities, along with pandemic-related needs like extra masks and hand sanitizer.

National Grid spokesperson Ted Kresse tells 12 News they’ll be bringing in additional crews to help with the restoration efforts.

“There are definitely going to be outages starting tonight into tomorrow morning, the question is how significant,” Kresse said. “Fingers crossed that mother nature is a little on the lighter side than what they are calling for.”

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is also making preparations, and advised people to secure holiday decorations or bring them inside before the storm hits.

“Monitor the weather closely and be ready to take action as the wind is expected to be a major factor early Christmas morning,” RIEMA Director Marc Pappas said. “Along with the wind, this storm could cause problems on Rhode Island’s roadways and bridges, and minor flooding in low-lying areas.”

The flooding and fog may make for tricky travel conditions overnight into Christmas morning.

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Arrivals and departures at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick could also be affected by the storm.

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Stay with 12 News for in-depth coverage leading up to, during and after the storm.

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