Thousands lose power in RI due to Hurricane Sandy
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A few thousand customers have lost power in Rhode Island due to Hurricane Sandy, and officials are warning people to be prepared for widespread and prolonged outages as stormy conditions intensify.
National Grid says about 2,600 customers had lost power by around 9 a.m. Monday. Most of them were in Bristol County, including Barrington.
Spokesman David Graves says the utility has 1,000 people at the ready, many from out of state, to work to restore power.
But he warns crews can’t use bucket trucks in winds over 40 miles per hour. Due to the expected length of the storm and high wind speeds, Graves says people should be aware it could take several hours to start work to restore power.
He also reminds people to stay away from downed wires.