NEW: National Grid Says 30 Inches of Snow Possible with “Juno”, Preparing for Worst
Monday, January 26, 2015
The National Weather Service is forecasting a long-duration storm of potentially historic magnitude, due to affect New England from Monday afternoon through early Wednesday. National Grid has announced that preparations to meet the challenges of possible widespread power interruptions are well underway.
The storm, named “Juno,” could drop as much as 30 inches of snow and bring wind gusts of 60 miles per hour to all of Rhode Island and parts of eastern and central Massachusetts. High tides could also cause coastal flooding. National Grid officials began preparing this weekend, and have mobilized in-house and contractor crews to help restore power as quickly and safely as possible as needed.
“With sustained periods of heavy snow, gale-force winds and blizzard conditions, this storm has the potential to cause severe damage to the electric system. While we will be ready for whatevetr Juno brings, if the storm turns out to be as severe as the meteorologists are predicting, it could take several days to restore power to all of our customers,” said Dan Bunszell, National Grid’s vice president of New England Operations. “We urge our customers to take this weather forecast very seriously and prepare accordingly so they can stay safe before, during and after the storm.”
According to Bunszell, National Grid has:
-Pre-arranged shifts for approximately 185 internal line crews
-Issued requests for an additional 700 contractor crews from throughout New England and the eastern U.S.
-Requested the services of 380 contractor tree crews
-Made plans to staff six equipment and personnel staging areas strategically located throughout the area expected to be impacted
National Grid is working through several channels to inform customers and state and local officials of the impending storm, what’s being done to prepare for it, and what they need to know and do. These include:
-Direct communication with state elected officials, state regulators, emergency management agencies, local and state police and the National Guard
-Scheduled conference calls with municipal officials for Monday morning to brief them on preparedness plans
National Grid advises customers to be prepared for service interruptions. They recommend having a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home.
National Grid customers in New England who experience outages should call National Grid’s outage line at 1-800-465-1212 immediately to expedite restoration.
Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
Related Slideshow: Top 10 Blizzards in RI History
10. Blizzard of 2010
Max Accumulation: Approximately 13"
December 26-27, 2010
This winter storm brought more than a foot of snow to several parts of Rhode Island, including 13 inches in Woonsocket.
9. Blizzard of 2003
Max Accumulation: Approximately 15"
February 14-19, 2013
Know as the President’s Day Storm II, this blizzard brought roughly 15 inches to Ocean State.
8. Blizzard of 2009
Max Accumulation: Approximately 16"
December 16-20, 2009
Blizzard warnings were in effect in southern Rhode Island when this storm hit just before Christmas 2009.
7. April Fool's Day Blizzard
Max Accumulation: Approximately 18"
March 30 to April 1, 1997
This blizzard was no joke when it dropped 18 inches of snow in Providence.
6. 1969 Nor’easter
Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"
February 8-10, 1969
This storm blanketed many parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 20 inches of snow.
5. Great Blizzard of 1888
Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"
March 11-14, 1888
One of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States, this superstorm dumped 20 inches in Kingston.
4. Blizzard of 1996
Max Accumulation: Approximately 23"
Jan. 6-10, 1996
One of two blizzards to receive an “extreme” rating on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, this storm blanketing parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 23 inches of snow.
3. Blizzard of 2005
Max Accumulation: Approximately 23.5"
January 20-23, 2005
This three-day storm delivered more nearly two feet of snow to some parts of Rhode Island.
2. Winter Storm Nemo
Max Accumulation: Approximately 24"
February 7-18, 2013
About 180,000 RI homes and businesses lost power during this powerful blizzard.