Powerful storm leaves damage across Rhode Island
RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) - An isolated storm tore through Rhode Island Wednesday night, leaving behind a trail of damage from Warwick to Portsmouth.
A Warwick family caught in the storm said the gusts of wind were so strong, they were tossing around their two-year-old.
"I'm not afraid of thunderstorms at all," said mother Jennifer Watson. "But this kind of freaked me out."
In Portsmouth, large trees were torn from their roots.
"I went to the front and saw trees down, wires down, and poles down," said Portsmouth Resident Christine Giacobbi.
A portion of Sherwood Road was closed due to downed power lines.
Another resident said the wind was so so loud she took shelter.
"It was worse than any hurricane I've seen," said Portsmouth resident Barbara Sardinha. "I was like, 'get in the basement! get in the basement!'"
Several residents thought the storm sounded like a tornado. The National Weather Service is now reviewing the damage and will have more information Thursday morning.