With gas service restored to the vast majority of customers in Newport and Middletown, help is now being made available to Newport’s small business community through a pair of financial assistance programs offered by the State Commerce Corporation and National Grid.
National Grid announced this afternoon (at Binge BBQ) that 97% of those customers impacted by the gas supply interruption in Newport have had their meters turned back on and gas appliances re-lit by qualified technicians.
Governor Gina Raimondo was joined by Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor this morning at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center to announce a new program aimed at helping small businesses on Aquidneck Island that have been unable to open as a result of the gas outages.
Senator Louis DiPalma (District 72) has provided What’sUpNewp with a copy of the following letter that he has submitted to the Governor, National Grid, and fellow lawmakers in response to the recent natural gas incident on Aquidneck Island.
Today - Cloudy, with a high near 36. Northeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Tonight - Rain and snow before 3am, then rain likely between 3am and 5am, then a chance of rain and snow after 5am. Low around 29. Southeast wind around 14 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Marine Forecast for Narragansett Bay
Gale watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night
Today - E winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming se 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt this afternoon. Waves around 3 ft.
Tonight - Se winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming SW after midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Waves around 3 ft. Rain.
Coastal Water Temperature - 35.1 degrees
Sun, Moon, & Tide
The sun rose in Newport at 6:59 am and sunset will be at 4:58 pm.
The first high tide was at 2:29 am and the next high tide will be at 2:52 pm. The first low tide will be at 9:31 am and the next low tide at 8:45 pm.