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RI announces shelters for those without power

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is loosening travel restrictions to allow individuals and families who lost power in the winter storm to travel to shelters.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Saturday that anyone without access to heat or electricity may travel to a community warming center or shelter. Six shelters are now open.

The open shelters are Melrose Elementary School in Jamestown, Gaudet Middle School in Middletown, Tiverton Middle School, South Kingstown High School, Warwick Vets High School and the Westerly Senior Center.

The state says additional shelters may open depending on road conditions and community need.

All non-essential travel on Rhode Island roads is prohibited until further notice.

More than 178,000 businesses and homes in Rhode Island remain without power following the storm.