power outages

First The Storm, Now The Cleanup... Again

Mar 13, 2018
John Bender

The third winter storm this month knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents and businesses, closed schools and state offices, and dropped more than foot of snow in some parts of Rhode Island and the South Coast. Blizzard conditions were confirmed in some areas, including Newport.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

As of Wednesday morning, National Grid had restored to power to many customers in Rhode Island and the South Coast who lost it during the storm. After a high of more than 27,000 homes and businesses in the dark, the utility reported just 4,439 still lacked power in Rhode Island by 10 a.m.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

At the peak, nearly 150,000 customers in Rhode Island were without power. The vast majority were restored by Monday morning.


Following the October storm that cut power to thousands of customers, researchers say it may be time to devise new models to predict storm outages. Emmanouil Anagnostou is a professor at the University of Connecticut. He says existing models do really well at building connections between historic and new storm data. But they’re not great at predicting more extreme weather events.

National Grid

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

John Bender

"It sounded like a war zone." That's how Warwick resident Adam Logan described the storm that knocked out power to his home and more than 140,000 others across Rhode Island.

Lynn Arditi

In the town of Barrington, nearly all National Grid customers were without power Monday morning, some 5,377 households and businesses, according to the utility's website.

John Bender / RIPR

In Warwick, the Rhode Island city with the largest number of customers who lost power, nearly 14,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark Monday evening. Residents and work crews spent much of the day cleaning up debris and waiting for the power to come back.

RIPR File Photo

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.

Staci Fischer

Updated at 5:00 pm

 More than 36,000 Rhode Island customers were without power as of this afternoon. Some 200 individual outages are spread across the state.