Power, public works crews prepared for Christmas storm

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island power and public works crews are on standby, ready for the storm expected to roll in on Christmas Eve.

According to National Grid Rhode Island spokesperson Ted Kresse, some customers could be without power for several days.

But, he said, National Grid was prepared for the outages with about 1,700 workers on the ground from states as far away as Florida.

“If the winds come as hard as some are calling for, there could certainly be significant outages and a multi-day restoration effort,” Kresse said.

Meanwhile, public works crews will be busy removing downed trees from roadways after days of clearing catch basins.

“We’ll be removing the trees and opening the roadways for emergency vehicles or anybody coming through the roadways, so that’s our biggest thing.” Brian Woodhead, director of public works for Portsmouth, said.

Emergency officials warned residents to make sure their mobile devices were charged ahead of the storm.

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