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Flooding hits Rhode Island amid heavy rain

August 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several streets were flooded and cars stalled in deep water as a storm swept through Rhode Island on Wednesday, bringing with it rain that was falling up to 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Some manhole covers were swept off by water that filled the streets in Providence. Several roads were closed, including Route 10 near Interstate 95 in Providence, where some cars were stuck in the water. In addition to Providence, flooding was expected in communities including Cranston, Warwick, Barrington and Pawtucket.

The National Weather Service said winds gusting between 25 and 40 mph were expected and could blow down tree limbs and cause some isolated power outages. A flash flood watch was in effect around the state through 8 p.m.

Motorists were urged not to drive on flooded streets.

Earlier in the day, National Grid said about 500 customers were without power, most in Providence and Washington counties. The utility said nearly all outages had been restored by mid-afternoon.

All high-speed ferry service to Block Island was canceled, as were ferries between the island and Newport and Fall River, Massachusetts.

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