UPDATE - 3:25 p.m.: National Grid reports most customers who lost power this morning now have their service restored. Only about 300 people in Greenville and about 20 in Smithfield are experiencing outages at the moment, according to National Grid's Power Outage Map.
Due to continuing wind gusts, the utility notes some areas that have had service restored may lose power again as the weather continues to cause damage. Customers can report outages and check real-time outage information on the Outage Central page at www.nationalgrid.com.
UPDATE: 11:27 a.m.: Todd Manni from Smithfield EMA says National Grid is reporting about 2,100 without power in Smithfield. The utility is working to restore power and crews are in Smithfield. All roadways that were reported blocked due to down trees have been cleared.
Officials as residents to report any downed wires to either the Smithfield Fire Department (401-949-1233) or Police Department (401-231-2500), but warns DO NOT approach them; consider all wires live and energized.
8:45 a.m.: Strong winds have knocked down trees and power lines across the state, putting thousands of National Grid customers in the dark as they woke up this morning, including about 2,730 homes in Smithfield.
And things won't die down until later today.
The powerful winds will continue through the morning, according to the National Weather Service, and some gusts could approach hurricane-force speeds.
The National Weather Service's High Wind Warning has been extended to 10 a.m. with steady winds averaging 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 65 mph.
About 2,730 customers in the Smithfield area are without power, most of them living in Greenville, with about 30 people without power in eastern Smithfield.
Smithfield Public Schools were open on time today.
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