Update - 7:32 p.m.: National Grid reports repair crews will have to take a renewed stab at restoring power in Coventry and other areas tomorrow morning after the worst of the storm has passed.
Charlotte McCormack, spokesperson for National Grid, said that crews were taken in hours ago after winds reached speeds greater than 30 mph. Crews have been focused on any work that could be done without putting staff up in the utility's bucket trucks, "specifically for safety reasons," McCormack said.
She said according to reports, the damage was caused by downed wires and branches. In the morning, once winds have subsided, crews will go back out and work to restore power once the utility has assessed the situation.
Update - 6:10 p.m.:
According to National Grid's Power Outage Map, within a period of about two hours, approximately 2,100 Coventry customers have reported power outages from Hurricane Sandy.
The largest section of outages is affecting the Colvintown, Rd., Knotty Oak Rd., Main St. and South Main St. areas. (See updated image.)
National Grid had not reported estimated restoration times for Coventry outages at the time of this post.
There are currently 99,392 affected customers across Rhode Island.
4:10 p.m.: As of 4 p.m. Monday, there are now nearly 200 Coventry customers without power. Across the state, nearly 110,000 customers are experiencing power outages.
National Grid is reporting power outages across the state as winds from Hurricane Sandy pick up Monday afternoon. As of 3:45 p.m., almost 110,000 Rhode Island customers are without power.
Residents of Coventry seem to be a bit luckier than other parts of the state, so far, with just a few areas, including Knotty Oak, Colvintown and Flat River having been affected so far.
Weather officials are projecting the heaviest winds to hit Rhode Island Monday afternoon and into the night with gusts up to 75 mph.
To report an outage or downed power lines, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212.