Saturday, February 9, 2013

More than 170K lose power in Rhode Island

National Grid says more than 170,000 customers have lost power in Rhode Island, and they're advising residents to be prepared for power outages that could last for days because of the blizzard hitting the region.

The utility reports most of the outages Friday night were in Washington County. Conditions aren't expected to improve until after early Saturday, and the utility has brought in hundreds of extra crews to respond to downed lines and restore power.

The utility is reminding people to stay clear of downed trees and power lines.