ENVIRONMENT

Nor’easter renews power outages

COURTESY NATIONAL GRID
AFTER YESTERDAY'S NOR'EASTER, 3,879 Rhode Islanders were without power, according to National Grid.
Posted 11/8/12

PROVIDENCE – Dubbed the “Son of Sandy,” the snow and high winds brought by the nor’easter that hit the region on Wednesday left more than 5,000 Rhode Islanders in the dark mere days after some state residents finally regained the power they lost when Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast early last week.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 3,879 Rhode Islanders – more than 1,400 of whom were in the Warwick area – had no power. Roughly 122,000 Ocean State residents lost power during Sandy, though National Grid restored gas and electric service to the entire state by Saturday, Nov. 3.

Yesterday’s winter storm reversed power-recovery efforts from the hurricane in New York and New Jersey, the Energy Department reported. Roughly 55,000 homes and businesses lost power Wednesday as the storm swept New York with high winds and snow.

Thursday morning, about 675,000 homes and businesses from New Jersey to Maine and in West Virginia were without power, roughly 24,000 more than the number reported Wednesday morning. Local utility companies hope to return power to residents by Saturday.

Even as some Rhode Islanders are in the dark, the state as a whole continues to move toward normalcy after Hurricane Sandy.

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management has re-opened Quonochontaug Pond, Potters Pond and the Fort Neck Pond area of Ninigret Pont to shell fishing. The R.I. Department of Health lifted the cautionary boil water advisories issued last week to two Charlestown communities and the Abby Lane Community Association in Foster.

This article was written with contributions from Bloomberg News.

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