More Than 300 People Not Expected To Have Power Until Early Saturday Morning

Oct 31, 2017

National Grid reports only about 300 customers remain without power as of Friday night. The bulk of the remaining customers are in Providence County. 

According to the latest utility estimates, power should be restored around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. 

More Than 1,500 People Remain Without Power In RI

Despite what National Grid described as round-the-clock efforts, more than 1,500 customers are going into day five with no power, following Sunday’s storm with hurricane strength winds. 

The damage caused by the storm is some of the most disruptive in recent history, according to the utility's website

Most Rhode Island cities and towns have few outages left, but areas like Warwick, Hopkinton and South Kingstown still have blackouts in the hundreds. National Grid's latest restoration estimates said power would be restored to these remaining homes and businesses by 12:45 p.m. 

National Grid Aims To Restore Power To Remaining Customers By Thursday Night

Tim Rondeau, a National Grid spokesman, said in an email that the utility has 675 crews working on repairs Thursday-- a significant increase from the 250 crews the utility was relying on Tuesday. 

“Our goal is to have everyone back up and running by tonight (Thursday),” Rondeau said. 

About 14,000 Rhode Island residents were beginning a fourth day without power after Sunday’s storm, which knocked down power lines with its hurricane strength winds.

RI Gov. Orders Review Of Storm Response

As of Wednesday morning, National Grid was reporting more than 70,000 customers still without power in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

The utility has been struggling to restore electric service to all residents and businesses, after a storm caused as much as 25 percent of its customers in those two states to lose power.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday she has ordered a review of the utility's response to the storm. She said she has asked the head of the state's Division of Public Utilities to look into how the utility prepared for the storm in addition to power restoration efforts after the winds died down. 

Seven percent of National Grid's customers in Rhode Island have not had service restored since the Sunday night storm and two percent of the utility's Massachusetts customers remain in the dark.

Tim Horan, Head of National Grid Rhode Island, said Tuesday that crews were working around the clock in the Ocean State.

“Between the line crews, wire crews, down crews and outside contractors we’ve brought in we’ve got over 250 crews on the ground getting people’s power back on,” Horan said. 

On Tuesday, Horan said rural and outlying areas may remain without power until Thursday.

Dark, Chilly Halloween Night Ahead For Residents Still Without Power

For more than 100,000 Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents and businesses, it was looking like a spookier-than-usual Halloween. These residents were still waiting for their power to be restored, two days after the storm that brought hurricane-force winds to parts of New England.

No power means, in some cases, residents who are still waiting for the chance to take a hot shower and sit down to a home-cooked meal. And the prospect of a Halloween night lit only by candles and flashlights has some local officials warning of safety concerns. 

"Because of the power outages, those living in portions of Gaspee, Pawtuxet, Warwick Neck, Buttonwoods, Lakewood, and the area adjacent to Kent Hospital without power are asked to use caution and vigilance and only trick-or-treat in those areas that have power," Warwick city officials wrote in an email.

The message echoed similar statements issued by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence City Hall.

Temperatures were forecast to dip into the 30s Halloween night, and the National Weather Service issued a frost advisory. 

"Lows ranging from near 30 to the mid 30s by daybreak Wednesday," the advisory said.

That will not be welcome news to anyone without electricity who relies on the power grid to help heat their home or business.

Luckily, recent daytime temperatures have been relatively mild since the storm passed. Highs are predicted to reach the upper 50s Wednesday.

National Grid Makes Progress Restoring Power To Homes, Business

The number of RI & MA homes and businesses without power remained in the tens of thousands Tuesday afternoon, but that was down from hundreds of thousands the day before.

National Grid's website continued to show scattered outages throughout both states as of 4:30 p.m., affecting nearly 60,000 customers in Rhode Island and more than 75,000 in Massachusetts.

Communities still facing outages in the thousands included Scituate, Smithfield, North Providence, Glocester and Cumberland.

Warwick, which had some 14,000 homes and business lose power in the storm, still had more than 7,800.

In Barrington and Bristol, more than 2,700 customers were still waiting for power to be restored.

National Grid outage map of Massachusetts.
Credit Courtesy of National Grid

Tens Of Thousands In RI, MA Still Without Power 

Tens of thousands of residents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts remain without electricity two days after a storm knocked out power to more than a million homes in New England.

National Grid reports close to 70,000 homes in Rhode Island and 100,000 in Massachusetts remain without power.

Restoring power to all affected areas in both states could take days, National Grid officials said, but most customers are expected to have full service restored by Wednesday morning.

National Grid said work crews from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, are arriving Tuesday to help speed the recovery effort

National Grid reports about 436,000 customers in New England – including 154,000 in Rhode Island and 282,000 in Massachusetts – lost power after Sunday’s storm.

During the first 24 hours crews focused on down power lines, followed by hospitals, which have all regained power, said Cordi O’Hara, President and COO of National Grid Massachusetts and Tim Horan, who holds the same titles for National Grid in Rhode Island. 

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Massachusetts and Connecticut were also hard hit by the rain and wind storm earlier this week. She said that’s made it more difficult to get National Grid’s work crews from those states to Rhode Island.

“When I’m on the phone with Grid, I have two messages: prioritize Rhode Island," Raimondo said. "I’ve got tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders who deserve power – prioritize Rhode Island. And communicate better. But I think what they will tell you is they’re struggling a little bit to get the crews from nearby states.”

Raimondo advises trick or treaters to steer clear of any downed lines or trees later Tuesday and to avoid streets without electricity.

This post has been updated.