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.