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178,000 customers lose power in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Islanders were urged Saturday to stay off the roads to allow crews to clear up to 2 feet of snow from a powerful winter storm that left more than 180,000 homes and businesses without power across the state.

Governor Lincoln Chafee ordered all roads closed to nonessential traffic, effective Saturday morning. He said the travel restrictions would allow public works crews to clear streets and aid utility workers trying to restore power.

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