University News

Storm blows in, power goes out

By
City & State Editor
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Only a week after Hurricane Sandy cut a wide swath of destruction through the Northeast, the Nor’easter Athena blew into the Ocean State, bringing high winds and a shock of blustery snow. 

For some off-campus students, the storm also caused the season’s first power outages.

 Vivian Carlson ’14, a Benefit Street resident, said her power cut out at 5:30 p.m. “We called National Grid,” she said. “It’s a pretty bad storm.”

Apartments on Williams and Hope streets also went dark shortly before 6 p.m. Ruth Shefner ’13 said most of her street appeared to be powerless for about an hour. But thanks to Sandy, most students had storm preparations under control.

“We stocked up last week,” Shefner said. 

Approximately 200 Providence residences were affected as of 8:30 last night, with an expected restoration time of 11:30 p.m., according to the National Grid website.