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As Nor’easter Approaches Many Still in the Dark

Posted on 06 November 2012

With a nor’easter swiftly approaching the Northeast and expected to impact the East End by Wednesday morning, LIPA officials said they hoped to restore power to 90 percent of its customers across Long Island by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 7.

By Tuesday afternoon, however, at least part of Sag Harbor’s Main Street remained dark, with the Sag Harbor Variety Store keeping its doors open regardless of power and accountants at Banducci, Katz & Ferraris setting up generators on Monday to keep business running as usual.

On Tuesday, CPA and Sag Harbor Planning Board member Gregory Ferraris said crews from Missouri were working on the outage and “were very nice.”

Ferraris said crews hoped to have power restored by Wednesday afternoon and praised the work of the linemen on the job.

According to its own outage statistics, as of Tuesday evening, LIPA had restored service to over 750,000 customers. LIPA officials said they had over 12,000 workers dedicated to the effort with more than 8,000 linemen and tree trim crews from across the country — some airlifted to the region by the National Guard — on Long Island.

In Southampton Town, LIPA reports there are 164 linemen and 152 tree trimmers deployed to the area. East Hampton has 79 linemen and 50 tree trimmers in their neighborhoods, and Shelter Island has 34 linemen and seven tree trimmers on site.

In Suffolk County, as of Tuesday night, just over 79,000 customers remained without power, according to LIPA’s website, with less than five residents affected in Bridgehampton, seven in Noyac, and zero in Sag Harbor, despite the fact that as of Tuesday part of Main Street remained without power. A total of 2,078 customers in Southampton were shown to still be without power over a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey.

In East Hampton, a total of 1,197 customers remained without power as of Tuesday night, including 668 in the hamlet of Springs — the most affected area of the town in terms of power outages.

LIPA continued to encourage clients to contact the authority to report any downed wires at 1-800-490-0075 or 755-6900. Residents are warned to not touch down wires and to understand some wires may be obscured by storm debris and hidden from sight.

On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized utilities in the State of New York, noting that as of Tuesday morning there were over 350,000 residents without power as a cold front hit the state.

Over two million customers lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

However, Cuomo on Monday said he would hold utilities “accountable,” although his criticism of LIPA was not due to the response on the East End, but rather the response in areas like the Rockaways, which were ravaged by the storm.

According to a statement by LIPA, their outage numbers do not include areas like the Rockaway Peninsula, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach or Fire Island as many of the homes and business affected are unable to accept electric service because of the severe damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.

According to the National Weather Service, Sag Harbor on Wednesday is expected to remain above freezing temperatures, with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 43 degrees. On Thursday temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 38 degrees and a low of 35 degrees is predicted for Friday.

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