Crews on standby as R.I. preps for upcoming storm

This is a photo of a Rhode Island Energy van. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee said state agencies are ready to handle the upcoming storm heading into the state.

The governor said officials are monitoring winds with gusts anticipated to range from 40 to 55 miles per hour and heavy wet snow falling in the state.

As part of the preparation, McKee said that RIDOT has roughly 400 trucks on standby and 65,000 tons of salt to maintain the roads.

McKee said that Rhode Island Energy has already called in 139 external linesman and 95 tree crews members in preparation to deal with potential storm damage and power outages.

The governor has also been in contact with the Rhode Island EMA and said the Department of Housing has been working with shelters to provide shelter for those in need.

The Rhode Island DMV has also cancelled all road test scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.


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