Storm notes: Warren shuts down

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Winter Storm Nemo is gone, but it will be days before the East Bay gets back to normal. Here are some notes from Warren:

Latest reports from National Grid's storm center are that much of Warren is still completely without power. Power is also out in Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and much of Portsmouth. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, National Grid estimated that power will not be returned to the area until 11:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Residents at the Grace Barker Nursing Home were huddled together in the lobby for much of the day Saturday after the home's backup generator failed at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Power had been out since 8 p.m. Friday. Fire department volunteers ran one of the department's engines outside the front door, stringing electric lines inside to provide power to space heaters and breathing equipment. Warren Fire Chief Al Galinelli, who heads Warren's emergency management, said he asked the state Emergency Management Agency for help with a new generator, but "they laughed at me."

Power outages made life difficult for those without generators. Shannon Balzano spent the morning shoveling out her driveway and said she, her husband and boys, ages 4 and 6, would try to find a hotel room for the night. "It's too cold," she said.

Joel Cary didn't let the storm get him down Friday night. The owner of the Square Peg at Miller and Water streets stayed open until 11 p.m., several hours after power went out. "It was fun!" he said early Saturday.

Wires were down everywhere, with limbs down in as many spots. On Union Street, one man had to deal with a limb that fell across both his cars, one he just bought. "It'll probably cost me," he said.

Nor'easter Nemo

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