Providence hurricane barrier shut to protect city from winds, high tide

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Friday morning, strong winds already started to pick up across Southern New England as heavy rain and wind gusts are expected to reach over 50 MPH throughout the day which is set to bring widespread power outages and flooding to homes across the area.

Rhode Island Energy already reported more than 5,000 people without power as of 7:30 a.m. Friday.

In providence, travel conditions deteriorated throughout the morning, and are expected to continue to get worse as heavier rain moves in throughout the morning, paired with the strong winds.

At just before 5 a.m. the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier was dropped in order to protect the city’s downtown from potential flooding from the storm.

“For the most part nor’easters, we live in New England so we know how to deal with it. It’s not hurricane Sandy hopefully, so we should be okay,” said Rick Fiedler, a resident of South Kingstown.

A coastal flood warning is also in effect for most of southern Rhode Island as storm surges of 1-2 feet are expected, and with over an inch of rain to fall throughout the day, some residents like Rick Fiedler are prepared for the possibility of a holiday weekend underwater.

“Hopefully it won’t flood but there’s going to be a lot of beach erosion, if you go down to the beach it will be up to the parking lot at times when you get a storm like that,” he said.

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