Shelters open as local homes lose heat

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Several shelters are opening on Aquidneck Island Monday as Middletown and Newport homes lose heat. 

Several homes in Middletown and Newport lost heat Monday due to a frozen gas valve on Old Mill Lane in Portsmouth. Heat restoration could take multiple days, according to officials.

As of 6 p.m., the temperature in Portsmouth was 5 degrees Fahrenheit with a windchill of -15 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service

According to Portsmouth Emergency Management, no Portsmouth homes were affected. 

Warming shelters are opening across the island. However, the Seamen’s Church Institute in Newport is unable to open this evening. The Institute warns individuals to not stay outside tonight.

The Gaudet Middle School, located at 1113 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, opened at 6 p.m. this evening for those without heat. Please use the Turner Road entrance.

The Potter League for Animals is also welcoming any pets affected by the outage this evening.

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