(Updated 3:40 p.m.) National Grid closing in on completing power restoration; limited local outages remain

(Updated 3:40 p.m.) National Grid closing in on completing power restoration; limited local outages remain



Updated 3:40 p.m.

For the second day in a row, utility crews worked to help National Grid meet its self-imposed deadline to restore electric services to the remaining 1 percent in the state who were still without power on Tuesday morning, five days after the previous nor’easter.

The company reported having restored power to all but approximately 1,400 customers before 9 a.m., leaving 800 in Washington County still in the dark including 39 customers in Westerly, 232 in Charlestown, 147 in Hopkinton and 35 in Richmond.

“Crews continue to focus on restoring service to customers who remain without electricity in the hardest hit areas of Charlestown, East Greenwich and Exeter, which we expect to be fully restored by the end of today,” the company said in in a statement released at 11 a.m.  

It was the second straight day that the company had set a goal of restoring power to customers before midnight.

By 3:30 p.m., the company had made considerable progress towards this goal, restoring services to all but 375 in Rhode Island and 229 in Washington County. As of that time, Hopkinton had the highest number of remaining outages with 75 customers in the dark. There were 23 outages in Westerly, eight in Richmond and six in Charlestown.

Updated 1:15 p.m.

For those who have been without power since a powerful storm battered the shoreline Friday, the wait for electrical services to return appears to be coming to an end.

National Grid reported just 551 outages remaining in Rhode Island as of 1 p.m. including just 310 in Washington County.

“Crews continue to focus on restoring service to customers who remain without electricity in the hardest hit areas of Charlestown, East Greenwich and Exeter, which we expect to be fully restored by the end of today,” the company said in a statement late this morning.

“Power has been restored to 99% of the over 150k customers impacted by this weekend's powerful storm, and we’re laser focused on that remaining one percent.”

According to National Grid, Hopkinton was experiencing the highest number of remaining outages with approximately 111 customers in the dark. Westerly has 24 reported outages, Richmond had 15 and Charlestown had just 6 remaining as of 1 p.m. The 156 outages represented a considerable reduction since 8:45 a.m., when a total of 473 outages remained in the four towns.

The company said there are numerous crews in southwestern Rhode Island dedicated to restoring power to the final customers, many who live in more remote areas of the community.

For the second day in a row, National Grid has set a midnight goal to complete all remaining restoration needs.

Original story

National Grid has continued to address widespread outages a powerful Friday nor’easter that caused significant damage to Rhode Island’s shoreline communities, restoring power overnight to all but about 1,400 customers.

But for a select few in Washington County, the lights are still out.

According to National Grid data, there were 802 customers in Washington County that were still without electrical services as of 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, including 39 customers in Westerly, 232 in Charlestown, 147 in Hopkinton and 35 in Richmond.

“Crews continue to focus on restoring service to customers who remain without electricity in the hardest hit areas of southern Rhode Island, which we expect to be fully restored by the end of today,” the company said in a statement released at 7 a.m. “Power has been restored to 99 percent of the over 150k customers impacted by this weekend's powerful storm, and we’re laser focused on that remaining one percent.”

According to the company, there are numerous crews in southwestern Rhode Island dedicated to restoring power to the final customers. Those still without electricity largely live in areas that were in more remote areas of the community.

For the second day in a row, National Grid has set a midnight goal to complete all remaining restoration needs. Westerly and Charlestown were expected to see power restored by 5 p.m., according to estimates provided by National Grid, but timetables are subject to change, the company warns.

Jason Vallee


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