Wind gust tears off portion of Rumford post office roof in East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE  — A wind gust from the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in the area late afternoon, Oct. 29, tore off a portion of the U.S. Post Office location in the Rumford section of the city.

It appeared as though parts of the roof were completely blown off from the near-constant pounding of wind and rain for the better part of Monday afternoon.

Winds in the area were their most intense from about 3 to 5 p.m. when the roof actually gave way. Forecasters said the gusts reached nearly 60 miles per hour and were consistently blowing around 40 for much of that time.

A large Post Office box truck was parked in front of the building, likely to retrieve important parcels and other documents. Post Office officials were reviewing the scene.

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