Gas outage knocks out heat to 7,100 during frigid temps

Published 01-22-2019

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Thousands of natural gas customers in Rhode Island are without heat on one of the coldest days so far this year.

National Grid says it has suspended service to roughly 7,100 customers on Aquidneck Island because of an issue from its supplier that caused low pressure outages across Newport and Middletown.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency for Newport County after the city reported the outages late Monday night. Temperatures were about 9 degrees (-13 Celsius) early Tuesday, and the lack of heat forced officials to close Newport's courthouse.

National Grid says it's deploying more than 1,000 workers to assess the situation, but cautions it could take days to restore service.

Raimondo urged residents without heat to leave their homes. The utility says it will reimburse room costs for customers in need of lodging.

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