Bitter Cold Expected Tonight and Tomorrow (Jan 20 and 21)
With the bitter cold weather starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday, January 21st, and the mix of snow, rain and ice that will start Saturday evening, please keep in mind the following:
- Look out for each other, especially children, pets, neighbors, friends and particularly those with special needs.
- Traveling may be dangerous Sunday morning as temperatures drop and we expect sheet ice.
- We may experience icing on trees and electrical wires, and this might cause them to fall. An accumulation of just 1/10 of an inch of ice on wires or tree limbs can be problematic.
- Electrical outages may occur, but are more likely in the northern part of the State. Many of our trees are brittle due to disease, so not much ice or wind is needed. Park your vehicles away from these already damaged trees.
- As temperatures drop into the teens on Sunday and into the single digits at night, do not leave any skin exposed when outside as frostbite is a real threat.
- Check your CO2 detectors and make sure your pipes are insulated and your outside faucets are drained of water.
- National Grid has staged response teams in the State and are ready to respond to any power outages. If you have an outage contact National Grid as follows:
REPORTING AN OUTAGE: (24/7/365) FOR GENERAL PUBLIC USE:
Customer Service Center 1-800-322-3223
During periods of high outage activity, it is recommended that customers use the Automated Outage Reporting System. This is a computerized system, not answered by a National Grid representative. 1-800-465-1212
REPORTING A FAILED STREETLIGHT (24/7/365) 1-800-322-3223 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE: https://www.nationalgridus.com
Ray Perry, Director Portsmouth EMA (401) 477-2172