As wet, heavy snow whipped southern New England, thousands of National Grid customers found themselves without power. At one point Thursday, nearly 18,000 Rhode Island homes and businesses were experiencing outages. That number shrank to about 5,000 customers by 7 p.m.
National Grid spokesman David Graves said the utility company had prepared, putting crews in place in advance of the storm.
“We’ll have crews who’ll be working through the day and into the evening hours, and then a second shift coming on at 10 pm,” said Graves.
Graves said the utility was expecting wet, heavy snow with the potential to down tree limbs and power lines.
"Our real concern right now is two-fold. One is during that afternoon commute we frequently see drivers get caught in some slick conditions and come in contact with our poles and cause outages," said Graves.
Graves fallen tree limbs were the other main concern.
National Grid urged customers to report power outages through their website and phone line.