Thousands Still Without Power Across LI After Heavy Winds Overnight

Originally published: January 31, 2013
Updated: January 31, 2013 at 11:34 am
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High winds have caused scattered outages across Long Island. This map provided by LIPA shows the severity of the outages in out area.

High winds have caused scattered outages across Long Island. This map provided by LIPA shows the severity of the outages in out area.



HOLBROOK, NY (MorichesDaily) — LIPA said it’s crews are working throughout Long Island, trying to restore electricity after a wild storm battered the area overnight. The rain moved in late Wednesday, with strong winds toppling trees and pulling down power lines.

On the Long Island Rail Road, service is suspended in both directions east of Mineola on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches because of a broken utility pole leaning on electrical lines west of Hicksville Station. Buses are in the process of being ordered, but are not operating in place of trains at this time.

Sunrise Highway in Holbrook was briefly closed in both directions Thursday morning between Broadway and Nicolls Road due to downed wires, after a truck hit low hanging wires.

A wind advisory remains in effect for Nassau and Suffolk counties until 6 p.m. as a storm system moved through Long Island on Thursday morning, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts reported as high as more than 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

About 29,000 Long Island Power Authority customers were without power as of 9:48 a.m., with most of those outages being reported in Brookhaven, Hempstead, Huntington and Oyster Bay towns, according to LIPA’s website.

The hardest hit communities, as of about 10 a.m., were Glen Cove with more than 4,000 outages, Centerport with about 2,300, Cold Spring Harbor with more than 2,000, East Meadow with about 1,200 and Plainview with about 1,100, LIPA reported.

Both Nassau and Suffolk counties were through the worst of the wind surges by midmorning, Weather Service meteorologist Lauren Nash said. Earlier in the day, shortly after 5:15 a.m., she had reported,”The last hour has been the worst of it. It is very difficult driving out there with the high wind and heavy rain.”

The high wind warnings, meaning “sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage,” expired at 6 a.m. in Nassau and 9 a.m. in Suffolk.

Early Thursday morning, Con Edison reported about 5,000 customers without power throughout New York City and over 4,000 customers out in Westchester County.

In New Jersey, about 45,781 customers were without power early Thursday morning. Jersey Central Power & Light had the most outages, 29,469. Monmouth County is the hardest hit.

Nearly 85,000 homes and businesses were without power in Connecticut Thursday morning.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said about 72,500 of its customers are without electricity. Widespread outages were reported in Westport, East Haddam, Woodstock, Montville and Cromwell.

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