Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Middletown Patch seeks your stories, memories and old photos.
It's hard to believe 20 years have passed since Hurricane Bob tore up the eastern seaboard and wreaked havoc on Aquidneck Island. Where were you when Hurricane Bob hit Middletown on Aug. 19, 1991? Middletown Patch is seeking your memories, stories and old photos as the 20th anniversary nears. Was your home or business damaged? Did you lose a boat? Were you packing up for college? Away at summer camp? Perhaps you were giving labor, or born during the storm? Was your home flooded? Did you lose power? For how long, and how did you get by? In exchange for emailed photos, the first 10 photo submissions will receive a really nice earth-friendly canvas grocery tote bag—you know, for when you stock up on milk and bread this hurricane season. By …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Mixed periods of sunshine, fog, showers and thunder are in the forecast for the next couple of days.
Monday’s deluge seems to have set the tone for tropical-like weather for at least another couple of days in Middletown. More rain is expected to arrive after 3 p.m. before the thunder is expected to roll back into Middletown between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight. Wednesday's forecast is looking hit-or-miss with the greater likelihood of more rain happening before 10 a.m. The forecast for the rest of the week is looking clear before a likelihood of rain returning on Sunday. For more information
Monday, July 25, 2011
A fire that ripped through the roof and first floor of an empty residence at 891 Seapowet Avenue in Tiverton on Saturday may have been caused, in part, by a passing lightning storm. The Middletown Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Lightning from a passing storm could have contributed in Saturday's house fire at 891 Seapowet Ave. in Tiverton, according to fire department officials. Tiverton Fire Capt. Mark Reimels said a two alarm sounded at approximately 12:27 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the Seapowet Avenue residence. No one was home at the time. The house was not completely destroyed but the entire first floor and roof were heavily damaged. Several departments from surrounding communities responded and Reimels said it took about three hours to get the fire under control. Reimels added they were on scene for a few additional hours cleaning up and conducting the investigation with the fire marshal. "The fire did get reported to us around the same time a lightning …
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The National Weather Service issued an severe weather alert around noon on Saturday.
The National Weather Service at noon on Saturday issued a severe weather alert for Newport, Bristol and Kent counties in Rhode Island, as well as areas in southeastern Massachusetts. An unexpected line of thunder storms with sudden wind gusts of up to 40 mph was expected to hit communities in those counties beginning around noon on Saturday. The series of storms also might bring lightning and small hail, the National Weather Service warned. Anyone outside is advised to seek shelter indoors as the storms approach. Get the latest updates here.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The National Weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Rhode Island.
Batten down the hatches: Rhode Island is expected to get some severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Officials with the National Weather Service are predicting severe weather today in Rhode Island from 4 to 8 p.m. as a storm system from Canada makes it way south. Some of the storms may be severe, with damaging winds as the primary threat. The storm's potentially torrential rainfall could result in flooding. Visibility will be poor on the roadways, officials warn. Those with outdoor plans (including those who thought today would be a swell day at the beach) should head inside or to a vehicle at the first sign of threatening weather. (If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.)
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night, National Grid was reporting that more than 2,000 customers in Middletown and Newport had lost power.
Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, National Grid was reporting that more than 2,000 customers in Middletown and Newport had lost power. Reports of power outages began around 6:30 p.m. According to the National Grid Storm Center website, 524 customers in Middletown in the neighborhood near West Main Road and Green End Avenue and another 1,512 customers in Newport near Easton's Pond were without power Thursday evening. An announcement on the website projected that power would be restored to those customers between 10 and 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
As the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has issued a heat advisory and tips to manage, here are some ways to stay cool in Middletown.
Emergency management officials have recommended the following steps to help keep cool and Patch has also thrown in some local destination suggestions for staying cool. Many of the basic tips can be found on RIEMA's website