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Rhode Island (/ˌrd -/ (About this soundlisten)), officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest state in area, the seventh least populous, the second most densely populated, and it has the longest official name of any state. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.

On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth among the newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778. The state boycotted the 1787 convention which drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it; it was the last of the states to do so on May 29, 1790.

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Damage from Hurricane Carol in Rhode Island.
Hurricane Carol was among the worst tropical cyclones to affect New England, United States. It developed from a tropical wave near the Bahamas on August 25, 1954, and gradually strengthened as it moved northwestward. On August 27, Carol intensified to reach winds of 105 mph (169 km/h), but weakened as its motion turned to a northwest drift. The hurricane made landfall on Long Island and Connecticut on August 30 near peak intensity, and quickly became extratropical over land. Carol was similar to the New England Hurricane of 1938; both struck New England as fast-moving hurricanes. The storm produced a record-high wind gust of 135 mph (215 km/h) at Block Island, and sustained winds peaked at 90 mph (145 km/h) in Warwick with gusts to 105 mph (170 km/h). Entire coastal communities were nearly destroyed, and the winds destroyed the roofs of hundreds of buildings, forcing many to evacuate to shelters.

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Easten Beach in Newport, Rhode Island
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Easten Beach in Newport, Rhode Island

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