Severe thunderstorms cause damage, power outages

By Kainani Stevens

kstevens@abc6.com

The wild weather that passed through southern New England Thursday morning left some serious damage behind in Rhode Island.

The storms may have passed through the Ocean State quickly in the early morning hours but the weather was anything but quiet. Thunder and lightning combined with torrential rain and whipping winds left a lot of damage in its wake.

A downed tree in Scituate pulled power lines off of a house, snapping a phone pole in half. IN West Warwick, DPW crews worked quickly to remove a tree that shut down traffic on Cowesett Avenue for several hours.

A business owners in Cranston woke up to the strangest damage after the storm.

"I got all these calls and texts and then I hear on TV that a car dealer sign fell over on Atwood Avenue," says building owner, Jim Hague. "I’ve owned this property for a long time, so I pretty much knew it was my place and sure enough it was."

Jim Hague has owned the property here for 20 years and rents it out to Car Hop Used Cars. While damaged property is never a good thing, after the years of storms the sign has weathered, Hague says he got his money’s worth out of it.

"It’s been through the storm of ’78. I’ve seen it whip back and forth in the winds before and its been there and stood through storms for well over 50 years until today," he adds.

The sign was taken away on a tow truck and fortunately only two cars were damaged when the sign fell.

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