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WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM EDT WEDNESDAY * WHAT...South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected. * WHERE...In Connecticut, New London, Middlesex, and Southern New Haven Counties. In New York, Western Suffolk County. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 AM EDT Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Tropical Storm Isaias Cuts Swath of Destruction Across Long Island

More than 300,000 still without power.

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Photo: Lon Cohen.

After Tropical Storm Isaias quickly made its way up the coast, it brought damaging winds that brought down trees, closing roads and causing power outages across Long Island. The storm left more than 300,000 people without electricity on Tuesday afternoon.


PSEG Long Island said that it had restored 90,000 customers with about 331,000 customers currently without power.


Communication with the utility was problematic for many residents. The company blamed the issue in Verizon communications systems that were also affected by the storm.


“PSEG Long Island is reliant on Verizon for its internet and telecommunications systems,” the company said in a statement. “Without reliable support from Verizon, our systems cannot perform as they should. PSEG Long Island is actively working with Verizon to address this issue…”


PSEG Long Island said it deployed  more than 2,000 line workers, tree trimmers, surveyors and other personnel to restore service, including crews from outside the region.


Customers took to social media to complain about the poor communication and unreliability of the company’s outage map.


The Long Island Railroad was also forced to shut down service Tuesday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning the LIRR was showing modified service and significant delays on all lines. LIRR said it will continue to run modified service while crews remove tree branches and other debris.


The storm has caused dangerous conditions on local roads with downed power lines and dark traffic lights. A note from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone warned motorists about what to do at dark traffic lights.


“Reminder: A dark traffic signal means all way stop,” he wrote. “While crews continue to respond to outages as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias, residents are urged to exercise caution and treat traffic light outages as all way stop signs.”