Tens of thousands without power as storm batters Southern New England

Warren Burger King
(Photo courtesy of Jay Bernard)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– As heavy wind and rain continued to batter Rhode Island and portions of southern Massachusetts, tens of thousands have found themselves without power.

The storm proved so powerful that a sign was ripped down from a Burger King on Metacom Avenue in Warren.

The National Grid outage map was showing 241 active outages, affecting over 36,000 customers in Rhode Island just before 5 p.m. on Monday. Nearly every town and city in the state has been impacted to some extent.

The map can be viewed by clinking this link.

Power outages were just one source of frustration for Rhode Islanders. Adding to an already difficult commute, The Rhode Island Bridge and Tunnel Authority restricted access on the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano bridges due to the high winds.

In Massachusetts, the Fall River, Somerset, and Swansea area continued to see clusters of outages, with more extending toward Attleboro.

The National Grid outage map for Massachusetts can be viewed by clicking this link.

Eversource customers can view outages on its own map here.

As a reminder, National Grid states on its webpage that restoration times are subject to change. The ongoing weather may determine when crews are able to safely reach an impacted area. Additionally, trees continue to fall throughout the region, which may result in the further loss of service.

All customers in the region are advised to keep their phones charged.

For the latest on tracking the storm, be sure to visit the ABC6 News Weather Radar.

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