By Kevin Byrne AccuWeather contributor, writer
22nd January 2019, 10:22:17 PM EST
Governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, declared state of emergency in Newport County, Rhode Island, after more than 7,000 National Grid Utility customers were found on Monday without heat, as the region was hit by extreme cold.
In a statement, the company said it currently has a low gas pressure situation affecting its customers on Aquidneck Island. The city of Newport has experienced the majority of failures.
"On Monday night, National Grid was cautious in most cases to stop gas supply to 7,100 gas customers in Newport and Middleton," the company said. This business interruption is due to a gas supply problem at our natural gas supplier – Algonguin Gas Transmission Co. "
The failure could lead to a lengthy event, according to the company statement, with up to 1,000 gas workers and support staff using it. to solve the problem as soon as possible.
"We have several on-site teams evaluating the situation and will continue to provide updates. This recovery process can be a multi-day event for those affected, "said the National Grid function.
National Grid worked with state and local authorities to provide information on heat centers to those affected. The centers are located on the CCRI campus in Newport, Newport Heights and Donovan Manor are open, and the Potter League for Animals is open overnight to house pets from those seeking refuge.
– Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) January 22, 2019
] Governor Raimondo has declared state of emergency for Newport County – National Grid has shut down 7000 customers Gov says it's not safe for someone to stay indoors without heat Call 2-1-1 for information on rides and lodging Call your family / friends who might be affected and offer help. pic.twitter.com/J3ILDpg9wr  – Rhode Island EMA (@RhodeIslandEMA) January 22, 2019
Raimondo said it could be more than a week or more before every affected customer recovered t heritage service.
"Please note that the area is safe and National Grid is in control of the situation, we know how important your gas service and your safety are, and we apologize for the inconvenience this has caused especially in cold weather The company said it added that it would reimburse the transport or accommodation costs of the affected residents.
The Newport Public Schools announced that they will be closed on Tuesday, according to ABC 6.
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Monday was the coldest day in the Newport area for several years, according to AccuWeather chief meteorologist Elliott Abrams.
On the way to the middle of the week.
The low temperature in the capital of Providence was 1 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperatures rise until Wednesday in the 30s. For Thursday, a high in the low 50s is forecast.
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