Tuesday, February 12, 2013
On a scale from A-F, what grade would you give National Grid?
Friday's blizzard took out most of the power for Newport residents, leaving customers in the dark and cold for days. National Grid managed to restore a majority of Newport residents' power by Sunday night, leaving about 300 without power as of Sunday evening. Power was expected to be restored by Monday night for the remainder of customers without power. We want to know what you thought about the response and restoration efforts. On an A - F scale, what grade would you give National Grid through this winter storm? What did you think about the response? Tell us in the comment section below!
Did someone do something nice for you during the storm? Tell them thank you!
"I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude." - Benjamin Disraeli The lights are on, the snow is melting and services are restored — we weathered (the worst) of the storm. Not one of us did it alone. We had National Grid, Red Cross, town employees, volunteers and most importantly, our friends, neighbors and the community. It is our neighbors who picked up the shovels, pushed our cars out of snow, watched our children or maybe just listened. It is those individuals in our lives that get us through the storms of life, but everyday acts of kindness seldom make the headlines. Until today. If someone made this storm easier for you tell them thank you here, in the comment section below. Because …
Monday, February 11, 2013
After Friday's blizzard, road crews are still at work.
With icy rain falling Monday, residents struggledd to navigate the morning commute to work. Over the weekend, plows worked their way through feet of snow after Friday's blizzard. A few Newport residents expressed their concern over the state of the roads on Monday afternoon. Maia Chrupcala: Davis Ct off Callender/Burnside hasn't been touched. Norah Schneider: West Narragansett Ave is HORRIFIC. There is a couple inches of stuff on it and it looks like it has not been plowed at all. Beth Jordan: Was in Newport today and the streets are horrible. You would think streets like Broadway, Powell Ave & Friendship St would be priority since they leads to the hospital. I can just imagine what the sides streets look like! Has your road been plowed…
Four Portsmouth residents - two adults and two children - jumped to their safety Friday night after a fire trapped them inside their Park Avenue home during the height of the storm.
Seven Portsmouth residents are lucky to be alive after a fire broke out outside a Park Avenue home during the height of the 2013 blizzard Friday night. In what could be described as the worst nightmare for Portsmouth firefighters, a 911 call came in at 11:29 p.m. After a couple hours of lights flickering, most Portsmouth residents lost power for good around 10:30 p.m. Friday. The 911 call described one of the worst possible scenarios for firefighters. A house was on fire. Seven people were trapped inside. All Portsmouth fire crews rushed to the fire at 88 Cove St. in Island Park. However, due to blizzard conditions, the response time was delayed. "It took us 12 minutes to get to the scene. It normally would have taken us four minutes…
We will continue to refresh this post with updates and closures for Monday, Feb. 11.
We will continue to post to this article as information is provided about school and services that will be impacted on Monday related to the winter storm. Check back for updates. In the meantime, browse pictures of the storm and share some that you took, here. Tuesday School Updates Parent/Teacher conferences for Newport Public Schools have been cancelled. Class will be in session for Tuesday. Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) just announced that classes and activities at all campuses will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The college will followthe Tuesday class schedule. Newport Police Department Updates From the NPD's Facebook Page: The city needs your help. If you have a catch basin (storm drain) in front of your house and are …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Tell us your favorite spots in the comments section below.
This weekend's blizzard left Newport covered in white snow and perfect sledding conditions! How are you enjoying the snow? Do you plan to go sledding or tubing? Where do you go to sled in the Newport area? Tell us in the comments section below or mark your sledding spot in the interactive map above!
The snow has fallen. Now here's where to go to suit up for it.
Write in the comments section if your power has been restored recently or if you are without power.
Update 3:54 p.m. Feb.10 As of 3:42 p.m., National Grid is reporting that 320 Newport customers are without power. If you still do not have power, please leave our location in the comments section. Update 12:12 p.m. Feb. 10 National Grid has given a restoration estimate of 11:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, for Newport. The outage map is currently reporting 2,152 customers still without power. Original Report - At one point during the storm, almost all of Newport had lost power. Slowly over the course of Friday night, residents began seeing the lights turn back on. At it's peak, more than 14,000 customers did not have power in Newport. As of 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, National Grid reported that 7,807 customers still had no power. There is …
Newport residents, how well did the town handle the snowstorm?
Is your street clear? Are you still buried? Is your mailbox still standing? On Friday and Saturday, Newport experienced a snow storm it will not soon forget. Several residents took to Facebook and Twitter to talk about the plowing. Yeserday, we asked how Newport residents what grade they would give the city for plowing the streets. Here's what a few residents had to say: Nadine Ryno Madeline Drive not bad but slippery Melissa Michalski I give them a 0 terrible job nothing plowed in Side streets Morgan Capodilupo Zero out of ten, would not recommend. Brigid OBrien since I live across from the fire station my street is good! and they even helped me scoop a little out of my driveway! Brian Kinsella By noon the mini plow had finished clearing…
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.Add your byline here
With rain in Newport's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Rhode Island. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was used in this report.