Weather Alert(1)!
"Special Statement" ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Thursday Feb.11 16,08:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Power Outages Affect Thousands of Long Islanders as Nor’easter Hits

Nature & Weather, Local News, Seasonal & Current Events

Strong Winds and Heavy Rains have disrupted electric services throughout much of the Island.

Update - 4:00 PM, Nov. 27 - Only 424 customers remain with power; 231 are in Suffolk and 192 are in Nassau.

Update - 2:30 PM, Nov. 27 - LIPA is reporting that the number of outages is down to 819, with 494 in Suffolk and 322 in Nassau.

Update - Noon, Nov. 27 - As of 12:03 PM, LIPA is reporting that 2,781 customers remain without power. 1,669 of the outages are in Nassau, and 1,107 are in Suffolk.

Original Story:
November 27, 2013 - The Long Island Power Authority is reporting thousands of power outages across the Island this morning. As of 10:48 AM, crews were working to restore power to 4,113 affected customers. Over 2,600 of those affected are in Nassau County, while fewer than 1,500 are in Suffolk; North Hempstead is the town hardest hit with 1,560 service interruptions.

“Due to high winds and heavy rain impacting our area we are currently experiencing scattered power outages across Long Island,” the utilities provider said in a statement made through its website. “Restoration crews are assessing damage and restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.”

LIPA cautions that anyone who sees a downed wire should treat it under the assumption that it is live, and report the location immediately without touching it. Customers can call 1-800-490-0075 to report downed wires as well as power outages, both of which may increase until the rain and wind subside. National Grid has also opened its phone lines for reports of power failures, and can be reached at 1-800-867-5222.

The winter storm, which is interrupting Thanksgiving travel plans as it dumps pouring rain on Long Island and snow on other parts of the region, is expected to continue through Wednesday night, with a chance of snow as temperatures drop as low as 28°.

Inclement weather has impacted at least once school district as Hempstead schools, which were already planning a half day leading into Thanksgiving break, have cancelled a scheduled emergency evacuation drill.

For the most up to date weather information, head over to the LongIsland.com Weather Center, where you can find the latest weather forecasts, advisories and more. To keep track of school closings, visit the LI School Closings Page.

A hazardous weather outlook remains active, and a flood watch will stay in effect through six o’clock Wednesday evening.

[Source: LIPA, National Grid, NWS]               

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