What’s open and what’s closed during Hurricane Sandy? A state of emergency was issued for Rhode Island on Oct. 28, 2012 and business and school closing list continues to grow. Many malls, retail stores, medical centers, churches and government offices are also closed as the storm approaches the Ocean State.
Flights in and out of T.F Green Airport and nearby Boston Logan airport have been cancelled or delayed, so check with your airline if you have travel plans. Many airlines are offering passengers the ability to reschedule flights without fees.
Amtrak has cancelled most services on the Northeast Corridor. Check the cancellation list below for trains that will not be in service starting Oct. 28, 2012 due to the hurricane.
Coastal flood warnings along the Rhode Island coast and high wind warnings across the state have been issued by the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Sandy is a large and very dangerous hurricane and is expected to make landfall along the central N.J. coast Monday evening. The Weather Channel states that there will be long periods of sustained tropical storm-force winds and historic surge levels all the way up the coast. This will cause massive power outages and flooding in the Northeast.
Staying home is the best option during Hurricane Sandy. If you need to go out or have travel plans, here is the current list of what’s open and what’s closed during the storm.
Get notified of closings by text or email: Rhode Islanders can sign up for cancellation alerts reported by schools and businesses via RIBA here.
Watch live coverage of Hurricane Sandy on The Weather Channel.
Retail Stores: Hurricane Sandy has forced many businesses to close, including the Warwick Mall. As of 11 p.m. on Sunday night, the Providence Place Mall reported that it will be open for business on Monday. Please check their Facebook page for further updates.
Most supermarkets, including Stop & Shop and Shaws, are open for business. Wal-Mart and Target have not announced that they will be closing at this time, but it is always best to call ahead.
School Closings: Just about every school in the state, both public and private, will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Child daycares and senior centers are closed or open for limited times on Monday. Find a full list of closings here.
Business Closings: Wondering if you have to go to work during Hurricane Sandy? Find a long list of business closings here.
Amtrak: Starting on Oct. 28, all Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle services are canceled for trains originating on that date.
Additionally, Empire Service, Adirondack, Vermonter, Ethan Allen and Pennsylvanian train services are suspended, along with the overnight Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto and Silver Meteor trains. Find updated Amtrak information here.
Flight Cancellations: If you live locally here in Rhode Island or in nearby Boston, check the TF Green Airport home page for all flight arrivals, departures, cancellations and delays.
Find flight information for Logan Airport, Boston here. Check for flight delays and cancellations at NY’s Laguardia Airport hereand JFK Airport here.
Useful Storm-Related Links For Rhode Islanders:
- State of Rhode Island Emergency Numbers
- FEMA’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Rhode Island Hurricane Preparedness Page
- Text Messages from FEMA
- Ready.gov’s Guide to Building a Disaster Supplies Kit
- National Grid Storm Center – Report Downed Lines, Report Power Outage
- Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
- Rhode Island Red Cross
- NOAA’s Hurricane Sandy Page
- Rhode Island Hurricane Evacuation Maps for Coastal Communities
- Rhode Island Special Needs Registry
- 24-7 Phone line from United Way- Dial 211
Sources: whitehouseforsenate.com, Weather.com, WeatherChannel.com, National Hurricane Center.