UPDATE - 3:25 p.m.: National Grid reports most customers who lost power this morning now have their service restored. Only about 50 locations in scattered areas of the city are experiencing outages at the moment, according to National Grid's Power Outage Map.
Due to continuing wind gusts, the utility notes some areas that have had service restored may lose power again as the weather continues to cause damage. Customers can report outages and check real-time outage information on the Outage Central page at www.nationalgrid.com.
UPDATE - 12:10 p.m.: Beacon Charter High School will close early today at 1 p.m. due to lack of power. National Grid reports 3,000 people in the area remain without power.
UPDATE - 9:40 a.m.: Citizens Elementary and Pothier Elementary Schools are closed today due to the lack of power.
UPDATE - 8:46 a.m. : Woonsocket EMA reports many traffic control signals are without power. People are advised to drive cautiously in the Rathbun Street, Social Street and Cumberland Street areas. The EMA asks residents to report any downed wires (1-800-465-1212) but warns DO NOT approach them; consider all wires live and energized.
UPDATE - 8:36 a.m. : Woonsocket Police report East School Street is now open to traffic. Power remains out in the area.
6:37 a.m. : Schools are delayed two hours and a downed line has closed part of East School Street as a High Wind Warning remains in effect through 10 a.m.
Woonsocket Police report part of East School Street is blocked off due to a downed power line. The Woonsocket Fire Department reports a main power line fell at about 5 a.m. National Grid's Power Outage Map reports there are about 3,000 people without power in the area. National Grid estimates people without power from this morning's downed line should have electricity restored by 9:30 a.m.
Woonsocket Public Schools and Beacon Charter School each issued alerts to residents delaying school by two hours this morning.
Strong to damaging winds, from 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as strong as 65 mph, will continue throughout the morning, according to the National Weather Service.
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