Families wake up to downed trees and power lines after strong storms

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Thousands of families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are waking up in the dark this morning after storms rolled through the area late last night sending trees and power lines down.

In Pawtucket, crews blocked off a street on Beverage Hill Ave. and Prospect Street after a tree came crashing down, knocking over a power line. Utility workers told ABC 6 that residents in the area are out of power and could be for a while.

The storms also ripped a tree out of the ground in Chepachet, landing on a home that appeared vacant.

In Riverside, ABC 6 captured this photo of a massive tree that teared down power lines, sending those families into the dark.

Nearby video shows stormy skies and the severity of the wind gusts that left debris scattered across the road.

“Oh my gosh, I was sitting watching a move and I got up and heard this loud wind,” Riverside resident Lily Costa said. “I stepped outside and went to open my door and my door just flew wide open.”

At its peak, 40,000 people were out of power in Rhode Island and 20,000 people in Bristol County. Crews are working this morning to restore power to the thousands still impacted.

If you have any pictures of damage while you wake up, send them to our ABC 6 News app.

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