Nearly 2,500 Long Islanders are still in the dark the morning after thunderstorms rocked the region, bringing gusty winds and heavy rain, sending trees and power lines flying.
As of 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, PSEG was still working to restore 370 outages which is impacting 2,499 of their 1,162,122 customers.
In Suffolk, 507 customers were reporting outages. Huntington (241 outages) was hit the hardest, and residents were also left in the dark in Islip (140); Brookhaven (85); Smithtown (33); Babylon (five); Riverhead and Southampton.
In Nassau, there were 1,961 outages reported, led by Hempstead (920); North Hempstead (628) and Oyster Bay (413). An additional 31 residents in the Rockaway Peninsula were reporting outages.
PSEG Long Island restored service to more than 25,000 customers overnight, reporting to approximately 3,045 of its customers.
“A fast-moving and powerful thunderstorm impacted Long Island and the Rockaways Monday evening. It brought heavy rain and lightning, causing tree branches and wires to come down across the service area,” the company said. "Crews worked through the night and will continue to work 16-hour shifts to assess the damage and make repairs. As we continue to assess the damage, estimated restoration times will be refined.”
PSEG said that additional personnel, including tree and line crews, have been deployed to continue to assess, repair damage and restore outages. Complete restoration is expected no later than 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24.
More rain is expected on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and gusty winds, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch for the area. The storm is expected to slow down in the evening, with sunny skies on the horizon.
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