Storm heading toward the island

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:00pm

The following message was issued by Block Island Power Co. President Jeffery Wright:

We are in for a wild evening tonight and we expect some scattered power outages will occur. This storm is a mix of a nor'easter and a summer thunderstorm so we can expect the following...

Winds: East gusting to 60 mph through from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., shifting S then to W and gusting to 50 mph for the remainder of the morning hours and all day tomorrow. Some are calling for tornado potential during the time period 10 PM - 3 AM. 
Rain: Heavier on mainland but we'll see periods of torrential downpours from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and then we dry out. 
Lightning: Intense lightning during periods of rain.
The good news is there no ice or snow yet.
Seriously though, be safe tonight and be sure to call the office at 466-5851 to report outages or other problems. We'll be staffing the office and will be keeping our back up call center informed so you'll be able to get outage updates from them if you are affected. If you experience an outage or partial power, it could take us until morning to respond as the conditions tonight will most likely be too dangerous for our crews to do much other than deal with emergencies, wires down, etc.
Enjoy the great fall today while we can as things don't go downhill until after 4 to 6 p.m. tonight.