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Irene, Beginning to End – A Regional Look at The Storm

A team of reporters and many contributors documented Irene from beginning to end. Relive the storm here.

Irene is rolling past us, but the effects are everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders and southeastern Massachusetts residents are without power.

Share your stories. Let us know what you're doing. And stay tuned for the latest news as we get it.

Let there be light!

P.S. If you can't see our live blog, please go to http://www.coveritlive.com/ and keep up with Patch updates there (or download the coveritlive app.)

And for more great storm coverage and photos visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/28/tropical-storm-irene-flood-_n_939865.html

Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington August 28, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Maureen: Our editor is out and about between Tiverton and Little Compton right now. Has no update just yet, but is calling harbormaster and will get back to you.
Mary August 28, 2011 at 03:52 PM
No power in Attleboro by tthe courthouse since 9:42 am.
Reason August 28, 2011 at 04:00 PM
I have to add run the dishwasher to list of hurricane preparedness. If the power isn't back on by tonight I'm going to have to rough it with dishpan hands.
David Laidlaw August 28, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Barrington power on Massasoit out since 8:35am.
Kathi Lengel August 28, 2011 at 04:32 PM
No power Sandy Point Ave since about 9:45
Donna Bruton-Coutis August 28, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Power out in Portsmouth since about 10:30am
Reason August 28, 2011 at 05:25 PM
You can view and report outages online on National Grid's website. http://www1.nationalgridus.com/masselectric/stormcenter/ currently in Bristol MA 110,531 customers served, 63,087 customers effected.
Betsy Guay August 28, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I heard on the radio that workers cannot go up in buckets with winds of 40 mph or higher, perhaps that is behind the delay in getting it restored...
Dawn August 28, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Still no power. Sprague st. Portsmouth.
Miguel Minino August 28, 2011 at 09:24 PM
No power in Cranston/Calvert area of Newport since 10:00 am
John Price August 28, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Just heard the Emergency Management brief. They expect power out for up to six days. Anyone know of a store with ice that still has power?
Jennfer Smith August 28, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Lol are you the Jen Smith I met at Hyman Fine in June? There are a lot of us I guess. My doctor's office tells me I should have hypenated!
pferd August 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I am supposed to come to Newport and providence and enjoy the good god there on business and pleasure. Should I cancel the trip?
Dave Abbott August 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Rite-Aid Newport Ave., E.P. Ice is $1.50 a bag.
Dave Abbott August 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM
I should also mention that the Hess next to there is available for fuel.
Matthew Sanderson August 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Maureen. I had a reporter go to Standish Boat Yard today at 2pm and saw one moored capsized boat, but did not reveal there were any that drifted. The harbormaster stayed home until mid afternoon, then went out and has since not gotten back to me. I should hear more tomorrow.
V&E August 29, 2011 at 05:42 AM
We are attempting to travel to the area: Providence (Wed) Little Compton (Thur), Newport and Middletown (Fri-Sun) - this is for a family wedding on Labor Day weekend. Is there power in the main areas of town and what does travel look like as far as flooded roads! Help!
pferd August 29, 2011 at 08:24 AM
V&e I looked up rhode island 611 It gives you detailed conditions We were supposed to come to Ri - Middletwn and Prov but decided against it because Connecticut is potentially also a problem Salsa we could not get in touch with any of the hotels We always stay I'm the Middletown residence inn, which Is first class and the people that work there are super friendly. DO NOT stay at the Marriott coventry square (west Greenwich), the people Are NOT friendly and NOT Helpful and nasty. Marriot was high when they.gave them a good rating.
pferd August 29, 2011 at 08:25 AM
I meant rhode island 511
Susan Turner Stutz August 29, 2011 at 09:41 AM
Caan anyone tell me about Hope St. in Bristol. Have a Uncle living there?
gary jump August 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM
Still no power in Newport. Hyatt is closed as is much of the city.
TODDER August 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Anyone know of any gas stations currently open around newport?? I think some Aquidneck Islanders are taking notes for the next hurricane warning. Myself included.
BLC August 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Left the area due to the storm. Is there power yet on point/ hummocks? How about damage in that area.
RDM August 29, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Were renting a house in Little Compton on the beach and supposed to drive down there today. Anyone know if there's power in LIttle Compton?
Brandon Brake August 29, 2011 at 01:57 PM
BLC, no power yet in CFP as of 10:00 am.
Chris Davis August 29, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Hi Susan, I was down in RI for the storm and from what I experienced RI really got spared, except for the fact that almost the entire state is out of power currently. Expected "catastrophic" floods, thankfully, never really materialized and most of the rain missed RI to the west. That said, there were definitely powerful gusts and elevated tides, and even a tornado reported in a different part of the state. Hope St. should be fine, but I would pay attention to two sites. First (obviously a shameless plug for Patch) - we have a Local Editor, Sara Bagwell, covering Bristol & Warren: http://bristol-warren.patch.com/ This is an excellent article that has been shared on most of our RI sites as it is regional information: http://bristol-warren.patch.com/articles/thousands-will-remain-dark-for-several-days-2 Second, National Grid (our utility) has an outage site which shows exactly how bad the damage is: http://www1.nationalgridus.com/narragansett/stormcenter/ The good news is that the forecast for RI is sunny and pretty much perfect for the week. We are all hoping that will aid the electricity recovery efforts. Chris
BLC August 29, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Thanks. I'm up in central mass with relatives and want to know what work I have ahead of me upon my return. No use in returning until there is power. Any flooding?
Chris Davis August 29, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Hi all, According to our Portsmouth LE, Sandy, power is starting to trickle back to the island. First I got a note that Clement's was up and running, and now she tweets that one neighborhood may be getting juice, and a traffic light on Turnpike Ave is on. Fingers crossed. I'll pass on more details if/as I have them.
Matthew Sanderson August 29, 2011 at 03:11 PM
RDM: Little Compton's police chief reported this morning that power is still mostly out in town (as of 11 a.m. 2,418 outages according to National Grid). Chief Sid Wordell said a portion of West Main Road came back on, and National Grid crews are sweeping through Little Compton today to assess all damages.
Mike Cullen August 31, 2011 at 04:46 PM
As a result of Hurricane Irene: - 6,500 cell towers were offline on Monday August 29th -- 44% of all cell sites in Vermont were non-functional -- 35% of all cell sites in Connecticut were non-functional -- 31% of all cell sites in Rhode Island were non-functional - One million customers were without cable service. Were you one of the customers without phone service ? Source: http://bit.ly/pMkusV

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