RI Energy warns of potential power outages from remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole
Friday, November 11, 2022
Rhode Island Energy said Friday it was “prepared for severe weather” expected to affect its service territory tonight and Saturday morning.
The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy precipitation and the potential for thunderstorms to much of Rhode Island.
Current forecasts indicate that the storm could damage the electrical system, with high winds causing damage to trees and possible power outages.
Winds can exceed 45 mph.
“We prepare for storms year-round, so when it comes time to put our plans into action, we’re ready with a safe and effective response,” said Dave Bonenberger, president of Rhode Island Energy. “We secured additional crews ahead of the storm, and will coordinate our response with state agencies and Rhode Island municipalities to address potential outages.”
National weather service forecast:
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8 p.m. Some storms could produce heavy rain. Scattered fog before 7 p.m. Low around 64. Wind south 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 46 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. Further rainfall amounts between one-half and three-quarters of an inch are possible.
Showers likely, mostly before 10 a.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny with high near 73. Wind south 9 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could blow up to 47 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter inch are possible.
Chance of showers, mainly after 4 am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 45. Wind west 3 to 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%. Further precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible.
Chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Partly sunny, with highs near 54. Wind west 6 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
Rhode Island Energy has 400 additional line and logger workers
The company says “1,100 employees will be ready to provide emergency response operations in the field and back office across the region. liaison officers and call center staff. »
RI Energy said it had also “secured nearly 400 additional external and forestry workers to assist with the effort. Crews will be in place and ready to respond overnight and through the weekend.”
The company has been preparing for the storm throughout the week and continues to monitor the potential lead. In the meantime, he said he offered the following advice and reminders:
Customers should stay connected:
Report power outages to RIEnergy.com or call 855-743-1102.
Track outages and estimated recovery times online at: www.rienergy.com/RI-Home/outage-central/.
Sign up for alerts. To stay connected and receive outage updates, text REG to RIEOUT (743688).
Once registered, to report a fault, send an SMS OUT
To check the status of your outage, text STAT
If you encounter a dropped wire at any time, assume it is live and stay away. If you see one, report it immediately to the RIE or your local emergency response organization.
Electricity problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s a good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water on hand, as well as food in canned.
People who rely on electrical survival equipment, such as a respirator, should let us know. To register as a Life Support customer, call the company’s customer service center at 1-855-743-1101.
Check in on elderly family members, neighbors and others who might need help during a down time.
Make sure your mobile devices are fully charged.
If you use a generator to provide power during an outage, be sure to run it outdoors.
Before operating the generators, disconnect from the RIE system by turning off the main circuit breaker located in the electrical service panel. Failure to do so could compromise the safety of line crews and the public.
If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went out, but leave a light on so you know when power is restored.
Just in case you lose power, it’s good to have an emergency kit on hand with food, water, medicine, and any supplies you might need.
Remember that candles can start fires. If you lose power, use flashlights instead.
For your safety and ours, please keep a safe distance from our crews.