LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island residents have been warned in advance of the possibility of many power outages during Friday’s snowstorm and for those whose memories of Hurricane Sandy are still fresh, that really is the last thing they wanted to hear.
As a precaution, the Long Island Power Authority — for the first time in its history — is deferring storm operations and response to its subcontractor, National Grid.
LIPA spokesman Mark Gross told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera, “As LIPA’s service provider and to ensure consistency in messaging, National Grid is commanding this incident and is best suited to communicate storm preparation and storm response to the public.”
Marie Bartnick said she has a message for LIPA as she pays her monthly bill.
“I hope that LIPA would be prepared and they better start now because we really were in bad shape,” Bartnick told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff on Thursday.
She and her Levittown neighbors were in the dark for two weeks after Sandy and just-recovering Long Islanders are being warned to get generators and batteries ready in anticipation of what Friday and Saturday have in store for the area.
“Residents could expect power outages and that’s why we ask them to prepare themselves now, obviously, with a battery-operated radio and flashlight,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said. “Certainly if they have generators this is the time to ready those generators if they’re gas-powered.”
While Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone acknowledged that LIPA is preparing for the storm, he said he has his own concerns about the beleaguered utility.