Most power back in Rhode Island after violent storms

By The Associated Press

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) _ National Grid says power has been restored nearly all Rhode Island customers who were left in the dark after violent thunderstorms earlier this week, while state and local officials are determining whether a disaster declaration is warranted.

The utility reported that more than 120,000 customers lost power at the height of Tuesday's storms, which officials say caused more damage to power lines in the state than any single weather event since Hurricane Irene in 2011.

National Grid reported only 26 outages Friday night, including 14 in Cranston.

State and Providence emergency management officials are asking homeowners and business owners affected by the storms to complete damage assessment forms, in an effort to determine whether the storms qualify for a disaster declaration that could bring in federal aid.

(c) The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015