By Ted Nesi and Susan Campbell
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated endorsement to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo on Friday, using a campaign rally to tie Raimondo’s themes to those Clinton may run on in a 2016 presidential bid.
Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung, dismissed the Clinton rally as something that isn’t a big deal to most voters. He spent the morning visiting Brutopia, a brewery and restaurant in Cranston that he said demonstrated how his stewardship of that city has prepared him to improve the state’s economy.
By Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The head of the Rhode Island State Police confirmed Friday investigators are looking into whether two men who were collecting mail ballots at the state’s largest homeless shelter were Providence police officers.
The Nor’easter which has been plaguing us with rain, wind, clouds and chilly temperatures is slowly pulling away from New England this morning.
The low will be up in Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon. In its wake, drier air will return to Southern New England. Today (Friday) will be a transition day as we will still have lots of clouds in our skies this afternoon. The skies will clear tonight, and we’ll get a beautiful weekend.
Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..
Coastal storm continues to influence our weather Tonight with rain and wind. However the wind gusts should not be as strong as last Night. Damaging winds are not expected. Gusts Tonight will range from 25-35 mph at times. A light to moderate rain Tonight with an occasional heavier downpour. Showers linger early Friday, then drier air by afternoon and evening. Some clearing Friday Night will set the stage for brighter weather this weekend..
Storm Damage Reports From Last Night..Click Here
Rainfall Amounts Since Yesterday..Click Here
Location of coastal storm as of 7pm
RPM High Resolution Computer Model Shows Strongest Winds In Yellow (35-40 mph) along east coastal Massachusetts and just offshore this evening
By Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo has a double-digit lead over her Republican opponent Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, with less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, according to a new survey released Thursday by Brown University.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With less than two weeks before Election Day, Democratic Jorge Elorza holds a commanding lead over independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr in the race for Providence mayor, according to a poll released Thursday by Brown University.
Last night was a wild night for weather! Strong wind gusts and thunderstorms brought down many branches; power was knocked out in several areas across RI and southeast Massachusetts. There were also numerous reports of street flooding in Providence and across the rest of the state. I have posted storm reports at the bottom of this blog.
For the rest of the day, expect strong winds to continue (gusts 30-40 mph). For the most part, this won’t be strong enough to create additional damage. However, occasional downpours or thunderstorms are possible; and stronger wind gusts are possible underneath any of these storms. Other then the occasional downpour, most of the rain will be light to moderate so I am not expecting widespread street flooding. -Pete Mangione
Courtesy of the SKYWARN network, here are some storm reports from last night:
Measured Wind Gust Reports:
Hull, MA: 60 MPH wind gust at 917 PM
Scituate, MA (Humarock Beach): 59 MPH wind gust at 924 PM/51 MPH gust at 724 PM/50 MPH Gust at 644 PM Winthrop, MA: 56 MPH Gust at 954 PM/52 MPH Gust at 939 PM/51 MPH gust at 737 PM Rockport, MA: 53 MPH Gust at 710 PM/51 MPH Gust at 625 PM Beverly, MA: 52 MPH Gust at 942 PM Bristol, RI: 51 MPH Gust at 820 PM Fall River, MA: 50 MPH Gust at 806 PM Marblehead, MA: 48 MPH gust at 809 PM/47 MPH Gust at 714 PM Charlestown, RI: 47 MPH Gust at 600 PM Fairhaven, MA (West Island South Point): 52 MPH Gust at 758 PM/50 MPH Gust at 743 PM/44 MPH gust at 713 PM Cohasset, MA: 46 MPH gust at 1055 PM Cambridge, MA: 46 MPH Gust at 602 PM Providence, RI: 46 MPH Gust at 848 PM Medford, MA: 42 MPH gust at 356 PM Sharon, MA: 42 MPH Gust at 830 PM North Grosvenor Dale, CT: 42 MPH Gust at 911 PM Barnstable (Marstons Mills), MA: 41 MPH Gust at 635 PM Newburyport, MA: 41 MPH Gust at 636 PM Wrentham, MA: 41 MPH Gust at 753 PM Middletown, RI: 40 MPH gust at 634 PM Hanover, MA: 40 MPH Gust at 810 PM
Wind Damage/Flood/Hail Reports:
555 PM: Beverly, MA: Large Tree down on Wires on Hale Street at Endicott College
600 PM: East Greenwich, RI: Tree down blocking road – Division Road
604 PM: Taunton, MA: Tree and Wires down on house on Danforth Street
612 PM: Salem, MA: medium sized Tree limb down on English Street
627 PM: Williamsburg, MA: Tree and Wires Down on Nash Hill Road
631 PM: West Peabody, MA: Large Branches down on Lake Street at Puritan Lawn Cemetary
633 PM: Brockton, MA: Tree down on North Quincy Street
644 PM: Lynnfield, MA: Large limb down blocking one road. Tree down on Brook and Salem Streets and Tree down on Chestnut Street
650 PM: Peabody, MA: Large limb down on car Route 114 west at Gardner Street
656 PM: 2 miles off Point Judith, RI: 53 foot tug Karen Jean had a distress call with 4 people rescued, barge sunk with undisclosed contents
658 PM: Haverhill, MA: Tree down on West Road
658 PM: Haverhill, MA: Tree and wires down on East Broadway
700 PM: Gloucester, MA: Tree and Power Pole down on Mount Pleasant Street
701 PM: Quincy, MA: Trees and Wires Down
709 PM: Ipswich, MA: Tree down on High Street and Tree down on Wires on Agrilla Road
715 PM: Boston, MA: Large Tree down on Washington Street
716 PM: Cambridge, MA: Large tree down blocking Memorial Drive. Tree down on Alewife Brook Parkway at Mass Avenue
718 PM: Marblehead, MA: Large Tree down on Auburndale at Humphrey street
720 PM: Lynn, MA: Large Limb Down on Ocean Street
725 PM: Beverly, MA: Large Limb down on wires on Madison Avenue
731 PM: Beverly, MA: Wires Down on Overland Road
732 PM: Lynnfield, MA: Large Limb down on Hutchins Circle
733 PM: Brookline, MA: Lancaster Terrace – Tree and Power lines down
736 PM: Fall River, MA: Several trees and limbs down
737 PM: Billerica, MA: Tree down on Treble Cove Road and Tree down on Middlesex Turnpike
737 PM: Peabody, MA: Tree down in the Bartholomew Street area
746 PM: Wenham, MA: Numerous trees and wires down
750 PM: Holbrook, MA: Tree limbs and power lines down on Juniper Road
757 PM: Wakefield, MA: Tree down on Aborn Avenue
757 PM: Roxbury, MA: Shirley Street – Tree down
757 PM: Lowell, MA: Tree down on Railroad tracks
804 PM: Beverly, MA: Wires down causing a tree fire on Nelson Avenue
805 PM: Belmont, MA: Tree and wires down on School Street at Bow Road
808 PM: Weymouth, MA: Whitman Pond area of Middle Street – Tree and Wires down
810 PM: Waltham, MA: 2 large trees down on waverly oaks road at shirley road
812 PM: Beverly, MA: Trees down on Cabot street, Columbus and Elliot Street, power outages on ellsworth avenue
814 PM: Dorchester, MA: Power lines down on Allston Street at Moultrie Street
814 PM: Ashland, MA: Tree down on 4 cars (all unoccupied) on Butterfield Drive
820 PM: Bristol, RI: Tree limbs down on Hope Street (Rte 114)
826 PM: Lynn, MA: Tree down on Maple Street into house and blocking road
829 PM: Fall River, MA: Wires sparking causing pole fire near Jerry Remy’s on Davol Street
830 PM: Natick, MA: Tree down blocking woodland road, Limb down on Boden and Oxbow
835 PM: Sharon, MA: Tree down blocking Aspen Road and tree down on Billings Street
836 PM: Norwood, MA: Tree down on Winter Street
836 PM: Westwood, MA: Trees and wires down scattered across town
836 PM: Sharon, MA: Tree down on Glendale Road
839 PM: West Peabody, MA: Telephone Pole down on Birch Street
843 PM: Manchester, MA: Multiple trees down scattered in town
844 PM: Foxboro, MA: Tree down on house puncturing the roof on Central Street
847 PM: Danvers, MA: Tree down blocking the road
850 PM: Carver, MA: Silva Street – Tree and wires down blocking road
854 PM: Natick, MA: Large Tree Limb down off West Central Street
854 PM: Peabody, MA: Large tree down against a house on Ruth Avenue
855 PM: Acushnet, MA: Limb down on wires on Peckham Road, large tree down on main street (rte 105) at the acushnet/rochester line blocking north bound side of road
857 PM: Dorchester, MA: 30 foot sailboat washed up on Morrisey Boulevard boat ramp with many small and large limbs down
903 PM: Ipswich, MA: power outages reported across a portion of town
906 PM: Warwick, RI: Multiple reports of pea sized hail including on Bald Hill Road by the Home Depot
907 PM: East Boston, MA: Wires down on Moore Street
909 PM: Chelsea, MA: Tree down on house Summit Avenue
915 PM: West Warwick, RI: Tree down on Natick Avenue
920 PM: New Bedford, MA: Tree down on a car on Acushnet Avenue
920 PM: Blackstone, MA: Tree down on house – no injuries
921 PM: Plymouth, MA: Tree down on Route 3a in Manomet Section, other reports of trees and wires down in town
921 PM: Plainville, MA: I-495 Northbound – Large tree down blocking breakdown lane and covering part of the right lane milemarker 35.2
921 PM: Westerly, RI: Tree down and power outage – Boombridge Road at Harwood
925 PM: Attleboro, MA: tree down on steer street blocking road, tree removed, Tree and wires on Car on Park Street at Wilmarth Street
925 PM: Duxbury, MA: Tree, pole and power lines down south street
929 PM: Foxboro, MA: Power lines down causing a transfromer fire on Spring Street
931 PM: Mansfield, MA: Tree down in backyard off Elm Street
938 PM: Coventry, RI: Perry Hill Road – Tree down blocking Road, Yale Drive – Power lines down
940 PM: Beverly, MA: Tree and wires into a house on lake shore drive
941 PM: Peabody, MA: Tree down blocking Surry Lane
941 PM: West Newbury, MA: Tree down on Wires on Moulton Street
942 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on VFW Parkway and Centre Street
943 PM: Beverly, MA: Tree down on eliot at Cabot Street
944 PM: Brookline, MA: Tree down on wires on Simon Street
948 PM: Marshfield, MA: Tree down on School Street and power outage on Plain Street
950 PM: North Brookline, MA: Tree down with wires on stedman and beals street
951 PM: Medway, MA: Tree down on power lines
951 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on fence on Paris Street. Wires down on parker hill by parker street
952 PM: Foxboro, MA: Large tree down on County Street
956 PM: Needham, MA: Tree down on High Gate Street and Hill crest
957 PM: Sherborn, MA; Tree down across road in the golding street area
959 PM: Providence, RI: Charles and Orms street by the Mariott Hotel, car stuck in flood waters
1000 PM: Quincy, MA: Hancock Terrace – Tree on house. Billings Street – Tree on car
1003 PM: Foxboro, MA: Tree down on house on Prospect Street
1004 PM: Stoneham, MA: Wires down on Pleasant and Gould Streets
1005 PM: Malden, MA: Tree and power lines down samett Street, malden mill road, tree down, mountain ave tree and power lines down, canopy blown over on Gilbert Street
1009 PM: West Greenwich, RI: Frye Pond road – Large tree and wires down
1012 PM: Coventry, RI: Laurel Avenue and Washington Street closed due to flooding
1012 PM: Jamaica Plain, MA: Tree down on Forest Hills Street
1014 PM: Charlestown, MA: Large branch down in Main Street
1016 PM: Hanson, MA: Tree down across East Washington Street
1023 PM: Billerica, MA: Tree down on Duncan Drive
1024 PM: Duxbury, MA: Trees and Wires down on Bow Street
1024 PM: Beverly, MA; Rantoul and Federal Streets – Tree down blocking street
1026 PM: Salem, MA: Large (12-18″) diameter limb down on Harmony Street
1027 PM: Wellesley, MA: Tree into a house possibly due to a lightning strike
1028 PM: Beverly, MA: Medium to large size tree down on Eliot Street
1027 PM: Brockton, MA: Tree down on 11 Irvington Street
1028 PM: Seekonk, MA: Tree down on Wires
1028 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on multiple cars on Navoss Street, alocott street – tree down, willis street, tree down
1028 PM: Cambridge, MA: Tree down on Cambridge Street and Cardinal Medeiros avenue
1035 PM: Roslindale, MA: Tree down on multiple cars on Navarre Street off Canterbury
1035 PM: Braintree, MA: Tree into a house on the extended porche and broke the sky light – Oak Hill Road
1035 PM: Wellesley, MA: Tree blocking Route 16 near wellesley College
1041 PM: Westwood, MA: Tree into wires andhouse on Benvenu Street
1043 PM: Charlestown, MA: Tree fell on 2 cars – henley and main street
1043 PM: Bridgewater, MA; Windmere Way – Tree limbs down on power lines
1045 PM: Malden, MA: Preston Street – tree down, power outage in the area
1046 PM: Weymouth, MA: Harding Avenue – tree and wires down – road closed
1050 PM: South Boston, MA: Tree down on L Street
1051 PM: Providence, RI: Whipple Street – car stuck flood waters. Charles at Admiral Street flooded knee deep water
1053 PM: Cambridge, MA: Tree down on Irving Street
1059 PM: Milton, MA: Large tree down blocking blue hill avenue inbound at the mattapan line
1106 PM: Natick, MA: car stuck in flood waters on route 9 westbound
1106 PM: Natick, MA: Tree down on Grove Street
1110 PM: Scituate, MA: Haverly and Grove Street – trees and wires down
1110 PM: Canton, MA: Tree down across train tracks between canton junction and route 128.
1110 PM: Holbrook, MA: South Franklin Street (Route 37) – flooded out
1110 PM: Plymouth, MA: Warren Avenue at Plymouth Beach closed due to coastal flooding
1112 PM: Pembroke, MA: Trees down on Old washington Street and Elmer Street at Route 27
1114 PM: Hanover, MA: Winter Street – power outage in the area
1114 PM: Hull, MA: Standish Avenue between beacon hill and bluff road – tree down
1114 PM: Hull, MA: Atlantic Avenue – coastal flooding closing road
1114 PM: Marshfield, MA: Tree down on Ocean Street by the Duxbury line
1117 PM: Natick, MA: Car stuck in flood waters on north main street
1121 PM: Hingham, MA: Cushing Street just before Ward Street – Tree down
1128 PM: Hanover, MA: Large branch down on Pleasant Street
1129 PM: Dorchester, MA: Mellen Street/Ashmont Hill – One tree down damaging a car
1134 PM: Rockport, MA: Large tree down on house
1143 PM: Brookline, MA: Tree down by the Pierce School
1146 PM: Georgetown, MA: Tree down on Baldpate Road in area of the hospital
1147 PM: Scituate, MA; Small Tree Branch down on Indian Trail
1151 PM: Scituate, MA: Oceanside drive – water from the ocean into the house into the back door
1151 PM: Wellesley, MA: River Street – tree down
1159 PM: Plympton, MA: Primary Wires down with a pole fire on Main Street
1212 AM: Waltham, MA: Tree down on roof of a house – Colonial Avenue, Large Tree and Wires down on Beal and Main Street
1212 AM: Brockton, MA: Tree and Wires down on Cross Street
1213 AM: Plymouth, MA: Large tree down across River Street at Bramhalls Corner
1219 AM: Scituate, MA: Irving at Norwell – Tree down
1220 AM: Dorchester, MA: Mallet Street – blocked with a tree down
1220 AM: Natick, MA: Route 9 at Route 27 closed due to flooding, route 27 at washington street, car stranded by flood waters with water halfway up the hub caps
1229 AM: Raynham, MA: Route 138 near Carver Street – flooded slowing traffic. Center street to stoneybrook road flooded and slowing traffic
1232 AM: Marblehead, MA: Tree down on house on Dodge Road – boat has broken loose off its mooring in the water near the crestwood Road area
1239 AM: Marshfield, MA: 2 Trees and wires down blocking one lane of a road way on Union Street
1239 AM: Boston, MA: Tree down on John Alden Road
1240 AM: Hingham, MA: Tree down
1243 AM: Hanover, MA: Trees and Wires down
1247 AM: Middleboro, MA: Wareham Street at the Herring Run closed due to flooding – reopened at 200 AM
1250 AM: Raynham, MA: Darrington Road flooded over the sidewalk near Campbell Court
1256 AM: Peabody, MA: Roland Road impassable due to a tree down
105 AM: Marblehead, MA: intersection of Harbor and Nanepashemet streets has tree down blocking the road
135 AM: Brockton, MA: North Montello Street at Howard Street – car stuck in flood waters
137 AM: Winchester, MA: Large Branches down on Wildwood Street
Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..
Continue to monitor intensifying coastal storm south of Block Island. Bands of rain, heavy at times will move thru this evening and overnight…some embedded thunderstorms too. Winds are picking up right now with gusts to 35 mph inland, but up to 45 mph along the coastline. Winds that gust to 45 mph have the potential to bring isolated damage to trees and powerlines. Rainfall totals Tonight thru Thursday will range from 1-2 inches across Rhode Island, with 2-3 inches for southeastern Massachusetts where a “Flood Watch” is in effect. A “High Wind Warning” has just been issued for Plymouth County Mass.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The race for Providence mayor has its first cease-and-desist letter.
Lawyers for independent candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci filed a complaint with the R.I. Board of Elections Wednesday accusing a prominent East Side political figure of breaking a slew of campaign finance laws, including one that prohibits third-party advocacy groups from coordinating directly with campaigns.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Bristol County Massachusetts only. This starts at 5PM and goes into Thursday morning. This means that there is a potential for some street flooding, but there is no immediate threat. Because of the position of the offshore storm, it looks like eastern areas will get the most rainfall. That’s why at this point, Rhode Island is NOT included in this watch.
Even though Rhode Island is not included in this watch, ALL areas may get periods of moderate to heavy rain tonight into tomorrow morning. When we have a lot of leaves on the ground, they can clog the drains and exacerbate any kind of flooding situation. Therefore, please take it slow if you are on the road, especially later on tonight into the Thursday morning commute. -Pete Mangione
By Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A huge amount of outside money is suddenly pouring into Rhode Island’s tight race for governor.
In the last 24 hours, two groups with no previous history in the state – one backed by the Democratic Governors Association and one backed by the Republican Governors Association – have dropped a combined $849,014 into the race to air TV ads attacking the top two candidates, Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung, according to a WPRI.com review of R.I. Board of Elections filings.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two leading candidates for Rhode Island governor questioned one another’s leadership skills during their first televised debate Tuesday evening, launching attacks at political decisions each has made in recent years while touting their plans to create jobs and turn the state’s lagging economy around.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With two weeks to go before Election Day, Providence mayoral candidates Jorge Elorza and Buddy Cianci are sprinting to lock up votes on the city’s South Side, the majority-minority community that campaign experts say could be the deciding factor in what appears to be a tight race.
Democrat Elorza, independent Cianci and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have spent much of the last four months attempting to make inroads on the South Side, which includes Washington Park, Upper and Lower South Providence, Elmwood and South Elmwood, Reservoir and part of the West End. In political speak, the South Side spans Wards 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..
It still looks like various “elements” in the atmosphere will come together to produce a storm off the New England coast. Storm will stall for roughly a 2-3 day period, bringing a long stretch of rain and some gusty winds. Right now I’m tracking a weak storm moving across the upper Great Lakes. As it moves into Upstate New York, a new storm will form off the coast and become the primary weather system next several days. (See Map Below).
RAIN FALL AMOUNTS: 1-3 INCHES EXPECTED OVER THE TUESDAY-THURSDAY TIME FRAME
WINDS: GUSTY BY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY UP TO 30-35 MPH ALONG THE SHORE
IMPROVEMENTS: GRADUAL IMPROVEMENTS BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MUCH NICER THIS WEEKEND.
5 Day Rainfall Totals Now Thru Friday Shows 1-3 Inches Southern New England, Much Higher New Hampshire/Maine.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A 2011 decision by city officials to impose a tax on all vehicles worth between $1,000 and $6,000 while reducing taxes on vehicles valued at more than $25,000 has become a hot topic in the race for mayor, with all three candidates pledging to do what they can to fix a policy they say unfairly targets Providence’s poorest residents.
Independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop all say they want to reduce – or outright eliminate – the city’s current tax on motor vehicles, but none of the candidates have released a plan explaining how they’ll get it done in a city that is projecting a budget gap of between $15 million and $24 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.
It was the coldest morning since last April for much of southern New England with overnight lows falling into the uppers 20s and 30s. Here’s a look at the low temperatures:
The cold dry air that’s in place now, will give way to increasing clouds and moisture as an area of low pressure over the Great Lakes redevelops into an ocean storm that will hug the New England coast as it stalls just off-shore for the next three to four days. Periods of rain will combine with some gusty winds to make for a gray, damp and dreary stretch of weather. Based on the latest information, rainfall totals could reach 1-2″ in Rhode Island by the time the storm pulls away on Friday. At this point, the storm does not look too severe for our area…. with the heaviest rain, strongest winds and potential coastal flooding hitting further north, but we’ll have to carefully watch as the storm takes shape these next few days. A shift in the position of the storm could mean more rain and wind here.
The first rain showers are slated to move in late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
And the steadiest of the rain could be late Wednesday into Thursday. Some slow improvements are possible on Friday as the storm drifts further away.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – First it was the state’s congressional delegation. Now Democrat Jorge Elorza is getting financial support from one his opponents in the race for mayor of Providence.
Elorza’s campaign confirmed Sunday that Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop recently contributed $1,000 to the 37-year-old Democrat, the latest sign that the two rivals have formed an unlikely alliance to help block independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back City Hall.
As TJ mentioned in his previous blog post, some spots may see a hard freeze tonight. The watches he mentioned have now turned into advisories and warnings; this means that we are becoming confident in these cold conditions actually occurring.
This will likely be the coolest night of the season with temperatures near or below freezing in some areas. Here are the low temperatures expected overnight:
Notice the upper 20s in eastern Connecticut; I would not be surprised if some spots in Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts also sneak into the upper 20s.
A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for Providence, the East Bay, the West Bay, and Newport County RI. For all inland areas away from Narragansett Bay, a FREEZE WARNING is in effect. Basically, if you are still trying to grow something, you are going to want to bring it inside or protect it.
Have a great Sunday and bring the jacket; this afternoon it will be windy with temperatures only in the mid 50s! -Pete Mangione
What will likely be the coldest air of the season, so far, will move into Southern New England Sunday into Monday.
Strong northwest winds will usher in this cold beginning Sunday morning. Temperatures on Sunday will be 15-20° colder than on Saturday when highs were around 71. We’ll probably see more in the way of sunshine Sunday afternoon, but it will be ineffective sun as temperatures won’t budge much.
Northwest winds will be gusting as high as 30mph in the afternoon, and wind chills will be dipping into the 40s. Those winds are expected to quiet down on Sunday night, and the temperatures will be begin to nose dive into the low to mid 30s by dawn on Monday….even in Providence!
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Buddy Cianci gets upset with Jorge Elorza during a mayoral forum, he likes to say, “This isn’t your classroom, professor.”
Elorza always has the same response. “This isn’t your talk show, Buddy.”
With under three weeks to go before the Nov. 4 election, the professor, the talk show host and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have perfected their acts, repeating the same talking points for new crowds as they travel across the city making the case for why one of them should be elected Providence’s next mayor.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A millionaire charter school advocate from Connecticut is dipping his hands into the race for Providence mayor.
Jonathan Sackler, a wealthy investment manager and trustee for charter school operator Achievement First, contributed $25,000 to the 50CAN Action Fund to support Democrat Jorge Elorza, according to a disclosure filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections Tuesday.
Rain has moved through with varying intensities this morning and early this afternoon. As of mid-afternoon, TF Green has picked up about 0.50″ of rain and Smithfield is at 0.77″. Eastern Connecticut was hit with a lot of rain this morning with total of around 2.30″ (Willimantic, CT). Although we are under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening, it appears we have been able to avoid major flooding so far.
Here are three questions that you may have about the rest of the day and night:
How Much Total Rain?
Taking into account what has already hit the ground, I would expect most of us to end up close to the 1 inch mark. Some areas may not quite make it to 1″, and other areas could get a little more. In western RI, it’s possible there are some isolated areas that get closer to 2″.
What is the Evening Commute going to be like?
A lot of the rain may be pulling out around this time, but I would still expect a slow commute as the rain may not be completely turned off yet. Areas west of I-95 may be left with just light off/on rain so the commute may not be as slow. However, areas east of I-95 may still be dealing with showers and downpours which could slow things down. I think our Futurecast map showing the 5PM forecast does a pretty good job.
What about the Pats/Jets game?
Bring the raincoat or poncho if you are going to the game. There will likely be rain (some of it heavy) for tailgating, but most of the rain should be over by kickoff. That being said, some occasional showers are possible through out the game. At least it won’t be that cold as temperatures should stay in the low to mid 60s for most of the game.
I would say the main hazard for the rest of the day will be hydroplaning….so drive with caution. Have a great day and enjoy the game! -Pete Mangione
By Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Organized labor is usually one of the most reliable constituencies for Democratic politicians in Rhode Island, but this year many unions are taking an unusual step: backing a Republican.
It reflects how the sleepy race for lieutenant governor is scrambling some of Rhode Island’s usual political alliances. A WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday showed Democrat Dan McKee leading Republican Catherine Taylor 36% to 27%, but nearly one in three voters – 31% – were still undecided.
A slow moving cold front is combining with unusually muggy air to create some downpours and isolated thunderstorms for today. Rain has be filling in this morning and additional periods of rain will be likely into the evening. Our computer models continue to hint at 1″ of rain or more for most of our area, with amounts to 2″ possible for some, especially in any thunderstorms.
While severe weather is not expected, isolated wind gusts over 30mph could bring down a few tree limbs or branches. It looks like the main issue, will be trying to drive through the downpours as localized street and poor drainage flooding is possible. It will be a “warm” rain for October standards with temperatures 68-73 through the day.
Rain continues through at least early evening, so if you are headed to the Patriots game at Gillette tonight, plan on wet conditions for tailgating with temperatures in the 60s. There may still be some leftover showers at the start of the game, but latest data now shows the bulk of the rain falling BEFORE 8pm.
By Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The wealthy Texas billionaire who previously backed a pro-pension-overhaul group has donated another $100,000 to a “super PAC” formed to boost Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s bid for governor, with the money set to be used against her GOP rival.
By Dan McGowan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Saying that sports and recreation has “simply not been a priority” for the city in recent years, Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza unveiled Wednesday a plan to expand sports programs and boost support for recreation centers in Providence during his first term in office.