PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Utility crews worked Monday to restore electricity to Rhode Islanders still in the dark after the weekend’s powerful storm, as residents tried to return to their routines — albeit a lot more slowly than usual — and snow removal efforts continued.
David Graves, a spokesman for National Grid, said the state’s main utility was confident all power would be restored by Monday night.
‘‘There’s still a lot of snow out there that we have to move out of the way,’’ Graves said.
Most of the remaining 13,000 customer outages were in the southern part of the state.
In some places, including Lincoln, drivers trying to navigating slick roadways during the morning commute — in the rain — hit utility poles, temporarily causing new outages. About 187,000 customers were without power during the height of the storm.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the interstates and state highways were clear, but crews were working to widen travel lanes where snow was still in the way, including on some on- and off-ramps. The message of the day for those out traveling: Take it slow and be patient.
‘‘A little courtesy will go a long way on the roads right now,’’ Lucier said.
Public transit service resumed statewide Monday morning — with some detours in place because of road conditions — but many school systems, including in Providence, were closed. Providence schools planned to reopen Tuesday, but some systems, including Pawtucket and Central Falls, were staying closed.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras reported that crews had worked Sunday and overnight to clear roadways and that virtually every street in the city was passable. Workers were addressing the small number of streets that still weren't. The city lifted its parking ban as of noon.
The first death in Rhode Island tied to the storm was announced Monday. Gail Carvelli, a spokeswoman for the Lifespan hospital chain, said the unidentified man died from a heart attack while shoveling snow. No further details were available. Carvelli says Lifespan’s hospitals around the state have so far treated nearly 370 injuries that were connected to the storm, including shoveling accidents, falls and frostbite.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Sunday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to perform a preliminary disaster assessment in all five of Rhode Island’s counties to help the state calculate damages and potentially apply for federal aid.
Four teams of federal, state and local officials were set to begin those assessments on Tuesday, according to Chafee’s office.
Spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger said the governor has been holding calls with mayors and municipal emergency officials in places that struggled to clear streets, including Central Falls, Cranston, North Providence and Woonsocket, to see what support the state might lend.
In North Providence, some residents complained they had to shovel out side streets when plows didn’t come.
Richard Fossa, chief of staff for Mayor Charles Lombardi, says the town couldn’t keep up with the snow, which at the height of the storm was coming down at a rate of several inches an hour. The main routes had to be done first, along with the area around Fatima Hospital, he said.
‘‘After you take care of your priorities, you get to the side streets and those people aren’t happy at that point,’’ Fossa said.