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WeatherBug installed in Coventry

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By Dana Griffin

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PROVIDENCE, RI- In Coventry, a new weather monitoring system has been installed to help emergency crews prepare and respond better.

Bart Polizzotti with National Grid said, "If we understand the weather and the results of bad weather then it will help us stage equipment, stage personnel and respond in a more timely fashion."

Unlike national weather systems that update hourly, this tool- newly installed in Exeter and now Coventry– updates every few seconds.

"It scrolls though local radar. It will have a local camera image from any of the cameras on our network. In addition, it'll have the local conditions coming right out of the weather station. It also has alerts,” said John Bosse with Earth Networks.

The weather station installed at the Coventry Emergency Operations Center. Data is fed through a cable into a small box that immediately goes out to the public.

Coventry Police Chief, Bryan Volpe said, "It's a great addition to our tool box and we all look forward to using it.

National Grid’s, Tim Horan said, "So what we're doing is strategically placing them now where we've seen weather events. We have some up in Mass; we'll be looking at New York also. So, for National Grid territory, we're gonna have quite a bit of our footprint covered."

The system is provided through National Grid. Hopkinton is next on the list to receive this weather tool.

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