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Raimondo Responds to NWS Coastal Blizzard Warnings

Gina Raimondo, Democratic  gubernatorial candidate walks the rope line at RIC. (Photo Tracey C. O'Neill)

Gov. Gina Raimondo walks the rope line in November 2014 at Rhode Island College. (Photo Tracey C. O’Neill)

Statewide – Governor Gina Raimondo, less than one month into her first term at the helm in Rhode Island responded over the weekend to the National Weather Service (NWS) coastal blizzard warnings for the state, calling for a crippling and severe storm event extending from late Monday into Wednesday morning.

“The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for all of Rhode Island for Monday night through Wednesday morning,” said Raimondo in a statement. “We are hard at work tracking the path of the storm, positioning our assets, and preparing to respond. I will remain in regular communication with all of the appropriate agencies, as well as with our municipal and federal partners. Rhode Island will be as ready as possible, but make no mistake: this could be a very severe and dangerous weather event. We will continue to keep you updated before, during, and after the storm.

TRAVEL WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE AND LIFE THREATENING ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION.-NWSTaunton/Boston

NWS Taunton, issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook early Monday morning, calling for blizzard conditions for all of Rhode Island, northern Connecticut, Northeastern, Southeastern and Eastern Massachusetts.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow, hurricane force winds and white-out blizzard conditions. Snow may be wet and heavy causing downed tree limbs and power outages across the region.

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY BECOME
LOST OR DISORIENTED...SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE ADVISED
TO STAY INDOORS.- NWS Taunton/Boston

High winds predicted north-northeast at 15 to 25 MPH with gusting from 65 to 75 MPH are expected overnight beginning on Tuesday and extending into Wednesday.

High winds predicted north-northeast at 15 to 25 MPH with gusting from 65 to 75 MPH are expected overnight beginning on Tuesday and extending into Wednesday.

 

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