High winds knock down trees and power lines in Rhode Island

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – High wind gusts ripped through Rhode Island Tuesday morning knocking thousands of people’s power out and taking down trees and lawn furniture with it.

At the peak of the storm, National Grid says more than 84,000 New Englanders were out of power.

“I came out this morning at 6:00 and I looked outside out the slider and I said our shed is crushed!” Gayle McCarthy from Warwick said.

McCarthy lives on Metropolitan Drive in Warwick. She says she woke up to a mess after one of her trees came tumbling down.

“It was crushed,” McCarthy said. “It came down a whole section of the tree and fell on the shed and into my neighbor’s yard.”

The shed was filled with air conditioners, a lawn mower and bicycles. McCarthy says while most of the items were ruined, everything can be replaced.

In Charlestown, one woman is relieved she doesn’t have to replace anything after a tree narrowly missed her cars and bedroom.

“It sounded like a freight train going through the yard over and over again,” Jennifer Douglas of Charlestown said.

Douglas says Mother Nature took it easy on her and she feels lucky.

“Just an enormous pine had fallen on the side of my driveway and somehow missed my house, missed my two cars, and the branches are even between my two cars but somehow didn’t land on top of my cars,” Douglas said.

As many spend the day picking up branches and debris, National Grid is working to fix downed power lines and restore outages.

In addition, all DMV tests are cancelled in Rhode Island and the Block Island ferry cancelled all service due to choppy seas.

The storm also comes on the same day as Rhode Island’s Special Election. The Board of Election says one of the polling places in Coventry was out of power, but they were able to open up on time using the backup power system.

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