Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Only a handful of customers are without power in town.
Three days after the snow stopped falling from the Blizzard of 2013, nearly all of North Kingstown has power back. According to National Grid's power outage map, 16 customers in North Kingstown are still waiting for power as of noon Tuesday. At this time yesterday, about 1,400 of North Kingstown's 13,000 customers were still without power. More than 900 customers in Washington County are also without power at this time. In public statements, a National Grid spokesperson had said most of the state would have power restored by Sunday night, though many in North Kingstown had to wait until Monday night for power to return. At the height of the storm, power was knocked out to more than 9,000 customers in North Kingstown. Have photos …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Most of town is now with power.
Four days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, power has been restored to most of North Kingstown as of Friday morning. According to National Grid, fewer than 250 North Kingstown customers (less than two percent of all NK) are still without power. During the height of the outages, more than 7,400 North Kingstown were in the dark. One of the last areas to come back online was the lower end of Post Road, just north of Wickford Village. National Grid also made large gains in Rhode Island's hard-hit communities in South County, including South Kingstown. More than 75 percent of customers in South Kingstown were without power at one point. Now, that figure has dropped to 14 percent.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Power outages and tree damage may limit travel.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging residents to drive cautiously today, particularly in South County, which saw the highest winds, flooding, power outages and tree damage from Hurricane Sandy. As of 9:30 a.m., almost 4,000 North Kingstown residents are still without power. Although the storm has passed, there may be roads still blocked by debris. Even streets that are passable may be partially restricted by trees or crews working to restore power or fully clear the roads. The Department especially wants to urge drivers and pedestrians to be wary of any downed power lines, which may be live. “There is a temptation after a storm like this to get out and view the damage,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Reports of power outages are starting to come in across the state.
Update, 7:55 p.m. – Power outages in North Kingstown have jumped to 7,410 – nearly 57 percent of residents. Across the state, more than 108,000 National Grid customers are without power. Update - 7:32 p.m.: National Grid reports repair crews will have to take a renewed stab at restoring power in North Kingstown 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…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
According to the National Grid, nearly 2,500 customers are without power in South County.
Approximately 2,500 customers are without power Thursday afternoon in Exeter and North Kingstown, according to the National Grid. About 1,850 customers in Exeter and another 700 in North Kingstown lost power around 12:30 p.m., said David Graves of National Grid. The source of the power outage was reportedly a failed switching device on a connection that runs along the North Kingstown-Exeter line. The National Grid's Power Outage Map indicates the outage stretches along Ten Rod Road/Route 102 from Old Baptist Road in North Kingstown all the way into Exeter just east of Route 3. The area abuts the North Kingstown-East Greenwich line to the north and stretches as far south as Exeter Road and Mail Road in Exeter. According to Graves, power …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A scam indicating that the federal government will pay for utility bills in exchange for personal information has come to New England and National Grid is urging customers to remain vigilant.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
National Grid is asking customers to beware of a scam stating utility bills will be paid by the federal government or President Obama after sending a social security number and bank routing information. The scam has impacted utility customers in Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina and other parts of the country along with New England, and should not be confused with legitimate low-income utility assistance programs in the state. According to accounts from utility companies nationwide, the scammers may engage solicitation through phone calls, door-to-door contacts, and online methods. National Grid customers in New England can call 1-800-322-3223 if they believe they are victims of the scam and the company is reminding customers to ask …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Almost 14,000 customers were without power while two substations were down in Rhode Island.
Update, Monday 1:45 p.m. – According to the National Grid, the two substations that were knocked out this morning are now back up and running. With the substations back online, power has been restored to thousands of customers throughout the state. At the height of the power outage, nearly 14,000 households were without power. As of 1 p.m., just roughly 4,000 Rhode Island customers are still without power. Cranston leads the pack with 2,702 customers without power with Lincoln in second place with 1,067. In North Kingstown, 80 people are still experiencing power outages. Original post: Monday's thunderstorms have left 14,000 customers across the state without power and has knocked out two substations, according to the Providence Journal. …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Be on the lookout for low-flying helicopters early next week.
If you see a low-flying helicopter next Tuesday, don't worry: it's not a rogue helicopter pilot. It's actually a National Grid crew inspecting overhead power lines. In a job that seems to take the term "workplace hazards" to new heights, these helicopters fly close to the lines to "spot potential problems with equipment structures or lines so that they can be addressed before service interruptions occur," according to a National Grid press release. Many of the lines are in remote areas, making travel with vehicles difficult. The birds-eye perspective also makes it easier to spot problems or impending issues with tree limbs getting too close to lines. The inspectors also use infra-red cameras to spot infrastructure wear and tear. “These …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Massachusetts legislator wants customers to get paid when they don't have power.
A Massachusetts legislator is urging passage of a new law that would force utility companies to rebate customers when there are extended outages. State Rep. Daniel Winslow (R-Norfolk, MA) has asked the Massachusetts House Rules Committee to take action on a power outage rebate bill. According to a release from Winslow's office reported on Wrentham Patch, the bill would require rebates to customers who go without power for more than eight hours. The rebate would be for two days of their average bill for each day the customer is without power. The move is prompted by the Halloween weekend storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout Massachusetts, just two months after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Power is restored to nearly all of North Kingstown. So how well did National Grid do after the storm?
Nearly 344,000 Rhode Islanders were without power after Tropical Storm Irene slammed into southern New England Sunday. Five days after the storm, that figure has now dropped to about 28,000. With 1,200 North Kingstown residents still without power on Friday afternoon, how would you grade National Grid's job performance after Irene? Are you impressed by the work they've done or incensed? Do they deserve an A? B? C? D? F? Sound off in the comments below.