A power outage in East Greenwich affected both EG and parts of North Kingstown midday Friday. According to National Grid, the outage began at 11:18 a.m. after what one worker called an “equipment failure” affecting power lines on Howland Drive.
According to that worker, the failure caused sparks and a brief fire at a pole closest to Pegwin Drive. The outage knocked out at least three poles and the high voltage lines that feed areas of both EG and NK.
At noon at the CVS on Main Street, a manager standing at the door was turning people away, telling them, telling them, “No power, store’s closed.”
The whole East Greenwich Commons plaza was out, but at Tio Mateo’s lunch was still being served. The restaurant was a little darker than normal, but tables were full. Power was restored to some areas of town, including Main Street, a little after 1 p.m.
National Grid said it hopes to have the power restored everywhere this afternoon. At the peak, more than 1,000 customers were affected. You can check out National Grid’s power outage map here.