Henri Outages: Over 50K Still Without Power Across New England

The majority of the outages are in Rhode Island

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More than 50,000 residents across New England are still dealing with power outages after a weakening Henri made landfall in Rhode Island on Sunday.

Henri, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm and then later a tropical depression, blew ashore with heavy rain and maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, toppling trees and knocking out power.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Eversource reported that approximately 8,000 Eversource customers in Connecticut are without power.

The majority of Connecticut's power outages are in the eastern part of the state, according to Eversource.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that over 1,200 people in the state were still without power as of 8 a.m.. Nearly 45,000 residents in Rhode Island have no electricity.

National Grid officials said they are working to restore power as soon as possible, and that hundreds of additional line crews are on standby to help with restoration.

Click here for the National Grid power outage map to check for outages in your area and latest updates on restoration.

How do I report a power outage?

Massachusetts residents can report power outage to Eversource by calling 1-800-592-2000 (Eastern Mass.) or 877-659-6326 (Western Mass.).

Click here to report an outage online to Eversource.

For National Grid, residents can report an outage by calling 1-800-465-1212.

To report an outage online to National Grid, click here.

How can I stay safe during a power outage?

As residents deal with power outages, MEMA officials warned residents to steer clear of downed wires and power lines thrown to the ground by Henri.

Here’s a list of more tips from MEMA on how to stay safe during power outages.

  • Stay away from downed utility wires. Always assume a downed power line is live.
  • If a traffic light is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
  • Use generators and grills outside because their fumes contain carbon monoxide.
  • If possible, use flashlights instead of candles. If you must use candles, place them in safe holders away from anything that could catch fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • If phone lines are down, use social media or texting to let others know you are okay.
  • Unplug sensitive electronics to avoid power surges when power is restored.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.

Click here for more power outage safety tips.

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