Thursday, September 1, 2011
Sure hurricanes present us with heavy rains, high winds, uprooted trees and scary storm surges, but on the unexpected side they also deliver some quality bonding time!
When word got out that Hurricane Irene was threatening to tear into Rhode Island as a possible Category 3 storm, it certainly grabbed folks' attention, especially my kids. None of them were here on earth to experience the last big hurricane I can remember, Hurricane Bob back in 1991. At that time, we had been married just shy of four years and lived in our humble little starter home in Warwick and were living the life of DINKS, (Double Income No Kids—unless you counted our precious cocker spaniel, Chloe). This was the house I had decorated to the nines, with every silk flower arrangement and faux-finished paint treatment known to man. I caused quite a stir in our neighborhood because my begonia beds were thriving despite the drought we …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
But life returning to normal inland and along coast
Two days after Hurricane Irene roared into North Kingstown, many residents were cleaning up and work crews and tree service companies were still busy in a few sections of the town. But on a sunny and warm day, many people were also out shopping, biking, walking, jogging, golfing and surveying the damage wrought by the storm. Roads were clear in most parts of North Kingstown, but several piles of branches and trees lined the sides of roads, especially along North Quidnesset Road, Fletcher Road and Old Forge Road. Bent, shattered and uprooted trees along with a few downed poles were not unusual in this area. “We lost about 30 trees; all of them were demolished,” said Nick Twesten, who sat in his SUV with his wife, Jamie. The Twestens were …
Residents can bring wood debris, leaves and other brush to the transfer station this week free of charge.
As North Kingstown residents clean their yards after Irene, many now wonder what to do with the oodles leaves, branches and other debris left behind from Sunday's storm. Bring any brush from the storm to North Kingstown's transfer station on Devils Foot Road or the landfill on Hamilton Allenton for free this week; all you need is proof of residency. The transfer station will be open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week until Saturday. Curbside pickup of brush is not available. For employees at the transfer station, the volume of residents flocking in, towing debris, is immense. "I got here at 7:30 this morning to open and there was already a line of people," said transfer station employee Stephanie Travers. It's been non-stop at …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Town hall is back open today while more than one-third of town is still without power.
Slowly but surely, North Kingstown is coming back online after Hurricane Irene barreled through the region on Sunday. At around 4 a.m. Tuesday, power was restored at town hall and the senior center, according to Town Manager Michael Embury. Town hall is back open for today, but the senior center will remain closed as employees clean up and restock. Most of Wickford remains dark at this time, though the town's annex building is up and running. North Kingstown High School also saw its power restored this morning. Wickford Middle School is still without as well as part of Quidnessett Elementary School. For now, Superintendent Phil Auger says there have been no changes to the school start date. He will decide whether to push the date back a …
Send us your photos, videos, observations and general musings about Hurricane Irene.
Send us your observations, photos, videos, musings, etc. and we'll add it to our running Weather Watcher Blog. My wife and I were watching the wind in the trees when we heard what sounded like a freight train coming up the driveway. We could see a wall of wind debris coming up the drive, so me, Karen and my daughter headed for the basement. We could hear cracking and thuds and when it died down, which was less than 30 seconds, we found about 20 white pines, average about 60 feet, pretty much leveled, all in a quarter acre area. The rest of the yard and the house are fine. We think it may have even been a small tornado. - Jeff Michaelson, 9:38 a.m. Power out in North Quidnessett area. Neighbor decided it was a good time to clear the …
After closures on Monday, some state parks and beaches may be open Tuesday.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
While all state parks, beaches, campgrounds, and management areas were closed Monday as the RI Department of Environmental Management assesses damage and begins clean-up, we can expect some of those areas to reopen on Tuesday. Beaches DEM announced on Monday that widespread erosion has been reported, access points leading to many beaches have been washed away, and parking lots are full of storm-related debris. Gates at all state beach parking lots are closed today, and no lifeguards are on duty. A high surf advisory that includes a high risk of dangerous rip currents has been posted by the National Weather Service for Rhode Island beaches today. East Matunuck, Misquamicut, Roger Wheeler, Salty Brine, and Scarborough state beaches are …
Monday, August 29, 2011
From that milk in the fridge to the downed tree in your front yard, there are still many reasons to stay cautious after the storm.
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds everyone that even though the storm and adverse weather have passed, there are still health and safety issues that may impact the public. Food Safety: When in doubt, throw it out! With more than half of the households in the state without power, it is important to prevent getting sick from food that has spoiled. Medication that needs to be refrigerated Life-sustaining medical equipment or devices: Use emergency rooms for life-threatening emergencies. Prevent injuries during storm cleanup Flooded Private Wells Private wells that have flooded (wells that have standing water around them) should be considered contaminated. People with flooded wells should take the following precautions:
About 70,000 residents, along with all hospitals in the state have had electricity restored. National Grid employees are working around the clock to repair the "unprecedented" damage.
More than 270,000 Rhode Islanders are still without power as National Grid crews work furiously to get electricity flowing again. About 600 workers are in the field working to repair the main transmission lines and more than 20 substations — about one-third of the total in the state — that have gone offline, according to Tim Horan, regional president of National Grid, speaking at a press briefing at the Emergency Management Agency in Cranston Monday afternoon. They crews have had some early success, restoring power to all hospitals in the state, along with other "critical customers" — police stations, fire stations and residents on life-support equipment. The company has restored power to about 70,000 residents, knocking the total in the …
Rhode Island residents may be subject to additional hurricane deductibles.
Rhode Island residents whose property is damaged by Hurricane Irene may discover they’ll be paying more for repairs than expected. The Associated Press reports that most homeowner insurance policies include a deductible that’s typically $500 to $1,000, but out-of-pocket expenses for hurricane damages can be much higher. “In 18 states on the East and Gulf coasts, insurers are allowed to include hurricane deductibles in homeowners policies," the AP reported. "These amounts apply only to hurricane-caused damage, and typically range from 1 percent to 5 percent of the insured value of a home. Deductibles may be higher in some coastal areas. For example, a policyholder whose home is insured for $200,000 with a 2 percent hurricane deductible …