A look back: Rhode Islanders stocking up on bread and milk began with Hurricane Belle in 1976

  • Source: WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence
  • Published: 05/31/2024 12:00 AM

PHOTOS/VIDEO: It's early August 1976, and the team at WJAR-TV is warning of an incoming storm. Hurricane Belle. "Stronger winds will begin to pick up in the Block Island area probably around 9 o'clock this evening," meteorologist John Ghiorse reported. Crews closed the Fox Point hurricane barrier for what would be its first major test since it was completed 10 years earlier. "The barrier is a complex system of pumps and dikes, which if all goes well, will prevent the tidal flood from swamping the city," reporter Jack Kavanagh explained. "Civil defense agents say more than 3,500 Rhode Islanders have already been evacuated from coastal areas of the state," Sara Wye reported. "They began early today, buying up candles, batteries, milk," Connie Hicks reported from Warwick.


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