National Grid is preparing for a powerful Nor’easter that will arrive in New England this weekend.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal flooding in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The most severe weather is expected to begin in the early hours of Saturday morning and continue into Saturday night.
Current forecasts indicate that weather conditions could cause damage to the electrical system.
High winds and heavy rain could cause major tree damage resulting in power outages across the region.
National Grid considers this a Type 4 event, meaning three percent of its customers may be impacted for up to 24 hours.
As part of its preparations, more than 350 external line crews have been secured to assist National Grid’s 171 line crews in the region.
More than 260 forestry crews will also be ready to assist in the restoration efforts once conditions are safe to do so.
Storm room operations will be opened up in Hopedale, MA; North Andover, MA; Brocton, MA; and, in Providence, RI.
Staging sites are also being set up in various locations across the two states.