National Grid: It will take several days to restore power after Halloween storm

National Grid: It will take several days to restore power after Halloween storm


OUT FOR NEARLY —-ALL OF THE MORNING COMMUTE– AND CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK– TO GET THE POWER BACK ON. (KK) AT IT’S PEAK– MORE THAN FORTY THOUSAND CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER HERE IN RHODE ISLAND. RIGHT NOW– ABOUT THIRTEEN THOUSAND CUSTOMERS ARE IMPACTED– THE MOST IN PROVIDENCE– KENT AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES. (MM) IN MASSACHUSETTS– NATIONAL GRID SAYS ABOUT—– SIX THOUSAND CUSTOMERS ARE IN THE DARK TONIGHT– THAT INCLUDES SIX HUNDRED IN BRISTOL COUNTY. (KK) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER BRITTANY SCHAEFER IS LIVE IN PROVIDENCE– WITH AN UPDATE ON WHERE POWER RESTORATION EFFORTS STAND RIGHT NOW. BRITTANY? MIKE KIM, NATIONAL GRID HAS MORE THAN 400 CREWS OUT RESTORING POWERING IN RHODE ISLAND NOW. SPOKESPERSON TED KRESSE TELLS ME UNLIKE LAST STORM THIS ONE IS MORE WIDE SPREAD ACROSS THE STATE. NATS HIGH WINDS TOPPLING DOWN THIS TREE ON GROSVENOR AVENUE IN PROVIDENCE. BERTHA HALL TELLS THE WIND GUSTS OVERNIGHT WERE TERRIFYING. “The wind blew and the tree just fell down. The wind was really blowing so hard. Wouldn’t you be scared the wind blowing vrmmmm” THE TREE TOOK DOWN A WIRE AND CAME CLOSE TO HITTING HALL’S NEPHEW’S CAR. SHE SAYS SOMEONE COULD HAVE GOTTEN HURT. “That’s dangerous and thank God trick or treating is over because somebody could have got hurt bad like that.” NATIONAL GRID TELLS ME THE STORM WIPED OUT POWER TO 700 THOUSAND FROM MAINE TO PENNSYLVANNIA, INCLUDING 45 THOUSAND NATIONAL GRID CUSTOMERS IN RHODE ISLAND. SPOKESPERSON TED KRESSE SAYS UNLIKE THE LAST STORM WHICH HIT THE COAST, THIS ONE KNOCKED OUT POWER ALL ACROSS THE STATE. “We’ve seen full trees and ones that are 50 to 100 years old coming down. A lot of damage out there in different parts of the state but we are getting at it and plugging away. I mean it’s widespread but we have the personal to meet the demands and get people back up and running as soon as possible.” KRESSE TELLS ME RESTORING POWER WILL DEFINITELY BE A MULTI-DAY EVENT, WITH MOST CUSTOMERS HAVING POWER RESTORED BY TOMORROW EVENING. NEW AT SIX WE WILL HAVE MORE ON HOW THE WIND POSES RISKS FOR NATIONAL GRID CREWS. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE BRITTANY PASSING OF A BELOVED OFFICER. (KK) FIRST AT SIX — THOUSANDS ARE ONCE AGAN WAITING FOR THE POWER TO COME BACK, FOLLOWING THE SECOND DAMAGING WIND STORM IN LESS THAN A MONTH. (MM) HOWLING WINDS OVERNIGHT BROUGHT DOWN TREES, BRANCHES AND POWER LINES — THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER HAS BEEN STEADILY DECREASING THIS AFTERNOON — BUT NATIONAL GRID WARNS —-IT MAY TAKE THEM A WHILE LONGER TO GET EVERYBODY BACK ONLINE. (KK) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER BRITTANY SCHAEFER BEGINS OUR TEAM COVERAGE WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. MIKE KIM, NATIONAL GRID HAS HUNDREDS OF CREWS OUT RESTORING POWERING IN RHODE ISLAND NOW. SPOKESPERSON TED KRESSE TELLS ME UNLIKE LAST STORM THIS ONE IS MORE WIDE SPREAD ACROSS THE STATE. FIFTY MILE PER HOUR WINDS MAKING NATIONAL GRID CREWS JOB’S DIFFICULT THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY… “We are still seeing some high gusts today and they can post challenges. Safety is a top priority so we don’t want to put our guys and gals in the buckets when gusts are over 35 miles per hours.” THE HIGH WINDS TAKING DOWN THIS TREE ON GROSVENOR AVENUE IN PROVIDENCE. THE TREE TOOK DOWN A WIRE AND CAME CLOSE TO HITTING BERTHA HALL’S NEPHEW’S CAR. SHE TELLS ME THE WIND GUSTS OVERNIGHT WERE TERRIFYING. “The wind blew and the tree just fell down. The wind was really blowing so hard. Wouldn’t you be scared the wind blowing vrmmm. That’s dangerous and thank God trick or treating is over because somebody could have got hurt bad like that.” NATIONAL GRID TELLS ME THE STORM KNOCKED OUT POWER TO 45 THOUSAND NATIONAL GRID CUSTOMERS IN RHODE ISLAND. SPOKESPERSON TED KRESSE SAYS UNLIKE THE PAST STORM WHICH HIT THE COAST, THIS ONE KNOCKED OUT POWER ALL ACROSS THE STATE. “A lot of damage out there in different parts of the state but we are getting at it and plugging away. I mean it’s widespread but we have the personelle to meet the demands and get people back up and running as soon as possible.” KRESSE TELLS ME RESTORING POWER WILL DEFINITELY BE A MULTI-DAY EVENT, WITH MOST CUSTOMERS HAVING POWER RESTORED BY TOMORROW EVENING… SUNDAY AT THE LATEST.

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