Power outages up again, restoration extended to Wednesday

A utility crew works to restore power in Lake Grove.

LONG ISLAND, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The number of power outages on Long Island increased today, and the expected restoration time has been pushed out until Wednesday.

"We expect that all work we have been able to identify to date will be completed by end of day Wednesday," PSEG Long Island announced early Monday evening.

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Ever since Tropical Storm Isaias hit the area last Tuesday, PSEG LI extended the goal line for restoring power several times. On Sunday, PSEG LI said it expected to have most customers restored by the end of that day and the remaining on Monday. With Wednesday now the new expected restoration date, some Long Islanders will be without power for over a week if they initially lost service during the storm.

"As of 4:59 p.m., PSEG Long Island reports approximately 42,205 total customers without power," PSEG LI said at 5:15 p.m. Monday. "Approximately 13,000 of that total are outages reported during the storm period...We are tracking new outages reported after the storm, recognizing that some of these jobs tie back to Tuesday’s storm." 

By the 9:29 p.m. update, PSEG LI reported 39,238 customers without power, including 10,200 reported during the storm period.

PSEG LI said an additional 800 workers joined the restoration efforts on Monday. The utility now has over 6,000 lineworkers, tree trimmers and other personnel are working around the clock in 16-hour shifts, PSEG LI said.

On Monday, PSEG LI said the outage map includes storm-related outages reported during the storm, storm-related outages identified during restoration, intentional outages to make the area safe for ongoing restoration, and new outages not related to the storm.

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