Woonsocket Hit By Power Outages Overnight, This Morning, Schools Delayed Two Hours

High Wind Warning in effect through 10 a.m.


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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Rose Genereux February 03, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Do the people in Woonsocket not have headlights on their cars? Why the upset about the street lights being out? I hope you all don't have to drive through my town at night, you might hurt yourself. We lost power for a week during the hurricane a few years ago and it didn't kill us. Perhaps you all need a lesson on emergency preparedness. Self suffiency is usually a good idea.
Christopher February 04, 2013 at 03:35 AM
So pleased to hear that your little town survived without power for a week. Here in the city, some of us actually have work to do, and this work requires electricity. I hope you don't have to drive through "my town" at night. You'll quickly understand how much safety is provided by all of these lights. Both personal safety and road safety. Keep your attitude, your AA batteries and your AM radio to yourself. We have enough problems in this city without outsiders coming in and poking us with sticks for their own amusement.
la_mouffette February 04, 2013 at 08:25 AM
Self sufficiency is a good idea. Yep. I keep nonperishable food, candles, batteries, water, flashlights on hand, plus ice to keep the fridge cold in case of power outtage. But let's be frank, Rose...there are limits. Generators, in Woonsocket, would be a hazard. We are too crowded for everyone to have a generator, the CO2 would pose a serious hazard if even a third of the population had them. That's not a smart form of preparedness in an urban area. For us, a power outtage is a REAL power outtage, so it's good that they're brief. And semi-rural areas-- which is, I assume, where you live?-- with roads that are mostly trees and have limited traffic, can afford to be underlit. You can keep your highbeams on. When I turn mine up, I have to flick them back off almost instantly, because I'm blinding the constant flow of traffic in the other direction. You worry about what? Deer? I worry, especially when it gets dark at 5, about people walking into restaurants, Moms with walkers, joggers, cyclists, people walking home from dead-end jobs, kids playing, or just plain idiots darting into the road. We are a small city. We have a BIG, busy population. I know I'm an extemely careful driver, and yet I've nearly hit pedestrians three times now. They were in dark clothes and came out from between parked cars on unlit streets. It's very, very worrisome, and has nothing to do with my emergency preparedness.
la_mouffette February 04, 2013 at 08:31 AM
la_mouffette February 06, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Oops, just realized my typo... obviously, I meant carbon MONoxide, not Dioxide! And was talking about the problem of people running generators in dense neighbourhoods of triple deckers. It would be virtually impossible for everyone to follow the safe use guidelines for generators (must be run a min. of 20 feet from a home, etc.) in most of Woonsocket.


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