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Power outages hamper Thanksgiving prep

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Nicole Gerber

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WARWICK - Many people use the day before Thanksgiving to start prepping food or baking certain dishes. But that was impossible for many this morning... without electricity.

Chelsea Remehan lives in the Hidden Valley condo complex in Warwick. She spent her morning cooking by candle light. Her power had gone out as she started her Thanksgiving prep work.

"It was when I started my laundry and took my prepared items out of the fridge to get ready for tomorrow the power went out and I thought I was in a ship without a sale," she said.

Her plan was to be ready for Thanksgiving by cooking a bulk of the dishes today and storing them in the fridge for tomorrow. But with no oven, and a refrigerator getting warmer by the minute, she came up with a backup plan.

"My boyfriend and I talked about it as soon as the power went out, we'd have to take what we could and bring it to a local shelter to donate it, and have Thanksgiving there," she said.

Right next door Ellen Palumbo was also planning on cooking today, but she had a different idea for salvaging her Thanksgiving.

"Luckily I have coolers, so I will run to Cumberland farms or wherever I need to go and get bags of ice," she said.

Ellen wasn't about to let the power outages affect her Thanksgiving dinner.
Or her morning routine.

"I had to do my makeup and I didn't want to look like a clown so, I took everything downstairs, used the natural light of my kitchen, and used some couch pillows, and worked it in the kitchen!" she said with a laugh.

Power was restored to that entire condo complex earlier this afternoon, and both women were able to continue with their holiday prep work.

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