- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Utilities are reporting progress in restoring service to tens of thousands of southern New England residents who lost power during a wave of severe thunderstorms. But many will have to wait a bit longer.

On Wednesday afternoon, National Grid said about 30,000 Rhode Island customers and about 1,000 Massachusetts customers remained in the dark.

Isolated wind gusts of more than 80 mph were reported on Tuesday, toppling trees and power lines. Hail the size of eggs fell in some areas.

In Connecticut, a motorist died when a tree fell on the roof of his SUV in Mystic.

In Rhode Island, nine campers were hurt when a violent storm rolled through a state park in Charlestown. State officials visited heavily-damaged areas Wednesday.

Forecasters say there’s only a small chance of thunderstorms Wednesday.

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