Some Long Islanders could be without power until early next week as PSEG continues working to repair nearly 20,000 outages three days after Tropical Storm Isaias wreaked havoc on the East Coast.
PSEG utility crews were working to repair 19,270 outages that were affecting 202,398 of their customers on Long Island as of 9:20 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 as they continue clearing trees, limbs, wires, and debris.
According to PSEG, 85 percent of its customers should have power restored by the end of the day on Friday, while the estimated time for complete power restoration is 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9.
In Suffolk, 103,252 of PSEG's 637,959 customers were still reporting outages, while 97,405 of its 488,488 Nassau customers were still without power.
In Suffolk, outages were still reported in:
- Brookhaven: 26,900;
- Huntington: 21,920;
- Islip: 18,507;
- Smithtown: 16,194;
- Babylon: 12,421;
- Southold: 2,365;
- Southampton: 1,919;
- East Hampton: 807;
- Shelter Island: 58.
In Nassau, outages were being reported in:
- Oyster Bay: 38,251;
- Hempstead: 34,226;
- North Hempstead: 24,928.
“Tropical Storm Isaias was one of the most powerful storms to strike the Northeast in years, with reports of tornados and wind gusts topping 100 mph in some places,” PSEG CEO Ralph Izzo said. “At its peak, more than 1.7 million homes and businesses lost power across Long Island and New Jersey – including 420,000 PSEG Long Island customers.
“Tropical Storm Isaias’ impact on customers was historic – causing more outages than any weather event in recent years. On Long Island, the storm’s impact on telecommunication networks affected our ability to respond to customer calls as quickly as we wanted,” Izzo continued.
“However, at no time did the challenges PSEG Long Island faced with our communications systems impact our restoration efforts. We have still been able to assess the full extent of the damage and dispatch crews to the impacted areas.”
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