Monday, June 3, 2013
Approximately 7,800 customers in Portsmouth lost power for a short time Monday morning.
The power is back on! Aquidneck Island residents experienced a brief interruption to their Monday morning routine after an equipment malfunction shut caused a brief, townwide blackout. According to David Graves, spokesman for National Grid, the brief power outage was caused by an equipment malfunction at the Dexter substation. "We had people in the immediate vicinity and they were able to restore power within 15 minutes, but there was that momentary time without power," Graves said. The power went out at 10:28 a.m. and was restored by 10:43, according to National Grid. Approximately 7,800 Portsmouth residents were affected. Power went out throughout town, including at Town Hall, Portsmouth High School and in Island Park.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
National Grid says power restoration will be last multiple days
Aquidneck Island residents should prepare to be without power for days, said National Grid spokeswoman Charlotte McCormack on Saturday afternoon. National Grid reports 44,560 out of 45,893 customers are without power in Newport County. In Middletown, 100 percent of the the 7,954 in Middletown are reported to be without power. To see additional storm updates, click here. McCormack said three downed transmission lines, which are the backbone of the system, are responsible for a large percentage of the outages. She said challenging conditions make assessments more difficult, but crews are currently mobilized. Residents should also be aware of downed wires. "The storm isn't over yet," she added. On Saturday morning, Middletown officials …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
As crews work to clean up Middletown Tuesday, thousands remain without power.
The morning after Hurricane Sandy swept through Middletown, crews work to clean up and repair the damage left by yesterday's storm. As expected, the beach area was hit particularly hard by last night's storm surge. The water billowed across Second Beach - Surfers' End, tore through the parking lot and crossed Paradise Avenue. Officials on scene this morning said the parking lot appeared to be unsteady and severely damaged. The area by Easton's Point also got hit by last night's surge. Memorial Boulevard by the Atlantic Beach Club was ripped apart and is closed to traffic. Several smaller streets remain closed on Tuesday while crews clear fallen trees and power lines. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation asks that residents …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Almost 14,000 customers are without power and two substations are down in Rhode Island.
Monday's thunderstorms have left 14,000 customers across the state without power and has knocked out two substations, according to the Providence Journal. No power outages have been reported in Newport County. National Grid is still trying to determine the severity of the damage to the two substations – one in Johnston and another in Barrington. The former of the two serves a large section of Providence. Earlier Monday morning, the State House was evacuated after a power surge set off a fire alarm. The hardest hit area is Barrington, with 4,700 of the town's 6,810 customers are without power. In Providence, 4,265 are powerless with another 1,943 in Johnston and 1,864 in North Providence. Click here to check out National Grid's power …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Massachusetts legislator wants customers to get paid when they don't have power.
A Massachusetts legislator is urging passage of a new law that would force utility companies to rebate customers when there are extended outages. State Rep. Daniel Winslow (R-Norfolk, MA) has asked the Massachusetts House Rules Committee to take action on a power outage rebate bill. According to a release from Winslow's office reported on Wrentham Patch, the bill would require rebates to customers who go without power for more than eight hours. The rebate would be for two days of their average bill for each day the customer is without power. The move is prompted by the Halloween weekend storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout Massachusetts, just two months after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tell us where Middletown has been left in the dark.
Updated 8:40 a.m., Wed. Aug. 31. Of the 111,000 customers still without power in Rhode Island, about 258 of those households are in Middletown. Are you one of those people? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Email me at email@example.com and tell me how you're coping and getting by as we enter Day Four of the power outages.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Middletown's Director of Emergency Management, Fire Department Chief Ronald Doire, assesses the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Exactly what kind of shape is Middletown in after Hurricane Irene knocked our lights out? Here’s the rundown: Power Crisis As 300,000 Rhode Island National Grid customers remained without power Sunday night, Aquidneck Island’s three communities were the only ones in the state to have 100-percent power outages, according to Middletown’s Emergency Management Director and Fire Department Chief Ronald Doire. “I heard other communities at the conference call all reporting partial outages. Aquidneck Island is by far worse off than anyone else in the state with 100 percent,” Doire said. The question on everyone’s mind is how long island residents will go without power, as estimates have ranged from one to six days. On Aquidneck Island, crews are …