Providence, R.I. – The current forecast from the National Weather Service calls for Hurricane Earl to hit 75 to 100 miles south of Nantucket Friday night.
Forecasters say Rhode Island could see tropical storm force winds but that the brunt of the storm is expected to hit outer Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Cadima says the hardest hit areas could face Hurricane force winds.
Providence, RI – Resilience. The dictionary tells us that it means the ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. But these formal, rather sterile words hardly capture the complexity, the utter horror, and the relentless challenges that so many of us have known in the face of true crisis. And that's certainly the case for Jennifer Reis.
Reis is a clinical pharmacist and is currently studying to become an herbalist. She lives with her family in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island will apply for money from the newly created federal teacher jobs fund, but it may not mean new jobs for any out of work teachers. Governor Don Carcieri hopes to use the money to close a $38 million state budget deficit.
The $10 billion fund was meant to save thousands of teacher jobs across the country. If Rhode Island qualifies, its share would be roughly $33-million, but few teachers are likely to be re-hired because of it.
Sand Juan, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.
Earl is forecast to potentially brush the U.S. East Coast late Thursday, before curving back out to sea, potentially swiping New England or far-eastern Canada. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island may be losing skilled laborers because of a shortage of affordable housing. That word today from Housing Works RI, a coalition of banks, builders, chambers of commerce and community groups.
Housing Works Executive Director Nellie Gorbea says homeownership has been made more difficult because of lending restrictions while rents have gone up because of the foreclosure crisis.
Providence, R.I. – Emergency management officials in Rhode Island are making preparations ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Earl up the East Coast on Friday and Saturday.
Providence Emergency Management Director Peter Gaynor says officials are waiting for an updated forecast before making any hard decisions. For now, they are fueling vehicles and power generators, and checking staff notification lists and radios. Gaynor says a potential vulnerability in Providence is downtown flooding.