Nemo starts to wreak havoc in East Providence as storm intensifies

The streets in East Providence are barely visible Friday night, Feb. 8. The streets in East Providence are barely visible Friday night, Feb. 8.

EAST PROVIDENCE — As the 10 o’clock approached Friday night, the effects of Nor’easter Nemo were beginning to take a real toll on East Providence as nearly half the city lay in some state of darkness due to power outages.

The streets in East Providence are barely visible Friday night, Feb. 8.

The streets in East Providence were barely visible Friday night, Feb. 8.

Several wires, branches and even some trees have been taken down by the storm due to the heaviness of the snow and increasing high wind gusts.

The East Providence Police station was in the area affected by the power outages, working off a back-up generator. The police reported a plow truck got caught up in downed power lines near the Oldham School on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.

Most of the power outages took place from Waterman Avenue, where the police station is located, south towards Kent Heights and Riverside. National Grid reported a couple of outages as well in Rumford in the area near Massasoit Avenue. Over 17,000 of National Grid’s approximately 22,000 customers in the city were affected.

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