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Thousands without power after thunderstorms

A line of powerful thunderstorms with strong winds has moved through portions of southern New England and utilities are reporting tens of thousands of power outages.

The National Weather Service posted a severe thunderstorm warning Tuesday morning for Rhode Island and for Barnstable, Plymouth and Bristol Counties in southeastern Massachusetts.

The weather service warned of severe lightning and the potential of destructive wind gusts in excess of 70 mph.

At 7:30 a.m., National Grid was reporting nearly 68,000 customers without power in Rhode Island and more than 10,000 in Bristol and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts.

The storms were expected to move offshore later Tuesday morning.

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