The Latest: Rhode Island upset with continued power outages


Updated 12:24 pm, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

  • Julia Acord, 11, left, and Abigail Ferguson, 12, photograph a sign that announces the postponement of Halloween activities in Brunswick, Maine, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. The town postponed its annual Halloween parade and trick-or-treating due to cleanup from Monday's severe storm that left two-thirds of the state without power. Photo: Robert F. Bukaty, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • A father walks his child to a school bus at a temporary pick up location, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Maine, where storm-toppled trees still made several roads impbadable following Monday's storm. Drought conditions across much of Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said. Photo: Robert F. Bukaty, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.



Photo: Robert F. Bukaty, AP

Julia Acord, 11, left, and Abigail Ferguson, 12, photograph a sign that announces the postponement of Halloween activities in Brunswick, Maine, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. The town postponed its annual Halloween parade and trick-or-treating due to cleanup from Monday’s severe storm that left two-thirds of the state without power. less
Julia Acord, 11, left, and Abigail Ferguson, 12, photograph a sign that announces the postponement of Halloween activities in Brunswick, Maine, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. The town postponed its annual Halloween … more


Photo: Robert F. Bukaty, AP


A father walks his child to a school bus at a temporary pick up location, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Maine, where storm-toppled trees still made several roads impbadable following Monday’s storm. Drought conditions across much of Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said. less
A father walks his child to a school bus at a temporary pick up location, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Maine, where storm-toppled trees still made several roads impbadable following Monday’s storm. … more


Photo: Robert F. Bukaty, AP

The Latest: Rhode Island upset with continued power outages


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a powerful storm that cut power to more than 1.5 million customers in the Northeast (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Some Rhode Island officials say it’s taking too long for the state’s main electric utility to restore power after a Northeast storm knocked out electricity for 154,000 homes and businesses.

Utility National Grid says nearly 35,000 customers were still without power Wednesday afternoon. Some schools were closed for a third day because of the outages.


Democratic Lt. Gov. Dan McKee says the communication from National Grid has been “insufficient and inconsistent.” He says the utility seems to have been able to restore outages in Mbadachusetts faster than it did in Rhode Island.

National Grid spokesman Ted Kresse says the company hopes to restore power to most customers by Wednesday night. He says rural communities and individual outages might have to wait until Thursday.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Serpa says she plans to hold hearings on National Grid’s response to the storm.

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12:20 p.m.

In Vermont, dairy farmers who lost electricity in this week’s wind storm are relying on generators to power the equipment that allows them to milk cows and to keep milk cool.

It’s unknown how many farms lost power, and it could take until Saturday to have it fully restored. Vermont is the largest dairy-producing state in New England with about 800 dairy farms.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture also says about a dozen farms have reported thousands of dollars of damage from the wind storm, mostly to greenhouses and hoop houses.

Nearly 1.5 million customers in the region lost power due to a powerful wind and rain storm that peaked in the early Monday morning hours.

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11:40 a.m.

Several school districts in New Hampshire are struggling to get up and running two days after a mbadive storm knocked out power and damaged roads in the Northeast.

Crews were trying to repair three electrical poles feeding the Kearsarge Regional High School in Sutton on Wednesday, and many residents in the district still were without power. Some roads leading to the school district remained closed because of downed power lines and other storm damage.

School officials hoped to resume normal operations Thursday.

Nearly 1.5 million customers in the region lost power due to a powerful wind and rain storm that peaked in the early Monday morning hours.

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9:55 a.m.

Utilities companies in the Northeast say the number of homes and businesses without power fell by nearly half in a 24-hour period.

More than 440,000 customers still lacked power on Wednesday morning, down from more than 840,000 a day earlier.

In all, nearly 1.5 million customers in the region lost power due to a powerful wind and rain storm that peaked in the early Monday morning hours.

Maine remained the most impacted state, with more than 260,000 homes and businesses still in the dark on Wednesday morning. Some schools and public facilities remained closed on Wednesday.

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12:50 a.m.

Drought conditions across much of Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week.

The storm cut power to more than a million people in the region at its peak. It left more Mainers in the dark than even the infamous 1998 ice storm, but the long-term effects will likely be much different.

Officials with the Maine Emergency Management Agency say because of dry conditions, the roots of many trees weren’t healthy. They also say the ground conditions along with foliage that remained on the trees made them more susceptible to wind.

Tree limbs fell from the weight of ice in 1998. Many people affected by that disaster also were affected by this week’s storm.


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