Not nearly as romantic as "Lost in Austen", but the hefty thunderstorms that roared through Wednesday morning dumped a lot of rain and dropped a lot of lightning, both of which conspired to take RIPR's 102.7FM (and MVYradio's HD2) off the air for an hour or two.
Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today.
National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.
Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state. However residents in Westerly were still worried.
Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River. But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days. In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.
As many of you know, RIPR owns and maintains the 1290AM site on the Providence/North Providence town line. Our NPR satellite downlink is there, and we lease the frequency to our friends at Latino Public Radio.
In the past, the site was largely a pond (Whipple Pond) with Douglas Ave forming part of a dam in the eastern corner. After the torrential rains of 2010, the dam broke and the pond drained. Now the West River flows freely through the site.
The National Weather Service has Rhode Island under a flood warning after a rainy weekend, and with more to come, the warning will last until Wednesday.
Forecasters are watching flooding rivers and streams across the state. Already the Pawcatuk River in Westerly is two feet above it’s seven foot flood stage. Both the Blackstone River in Woonsocket and the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, are about half a foot above their respective flood stages, and meteorologists expect waters to continue to rise.
The demolition of six flood-prone Cranston homes has begun. The homes on Perkins Avenue were badly flooded three years ago and the federal government has bought the homeowners out. It was a bittersweet moment for some Perkins Avenue residents.
With Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at the wheel, an excavator made quick work demolishing a two-story bungalow on Perkins Avenue in Cranston. It’s one of six flood-prone homes that are being torn down. Watching from the sidelines was Brian Dupont, whose home next door is also coming down.
All eyes are on the Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck rivers as they are expected to rise even higher Friday night. The Blackstone River is also rising.
Two inches of rain fell between Thursday and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. It came in what was already a soggy week in Rhode Island. All the rain has pushed the Pawtuxet River to more than a foot above flood stage. The National Weather Service expects it to crest at 11 feet and remain high through Saturday night.