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Power Outages Dwindling Across Region

A shot of Corona, Queens, sent in by 1010 WINS listener Edwin Collantes.

A shot of Corona, Queens, sent in by 1010 WINS listener Edwin Collantes.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Crews worked Sunday to restore power to thousands of homes still in the dark across the Tri-State Area, after wet, heavy snow and gusty winds brought down some power lines.

By Sunday evening, the number of customers without power had been reduced drastically.

Connecticut Light & Power reported that more than 14,000 customers were still in the dark as of midday Sunday. But by 7 p.m., that figure had been cut to only about 4,700.

Southeastern Connecticut saw by far the largest number of outages across the region, but New England bore the brunt of the outages.

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All told, about 650,000 customers across the northeast lost power due to the blizzard.

On Long Island, LIPA has reported more than 2,000 customers without power as of early Sunday evening. Almost all of the outages are in Suffolk County.

LIPA also blew a transformer, knocking out power to about 8,000 customers in the Rockaways Sunday morning. Within 20 minutes of the transformer being tripped, about 4,800 customers were back online, said National Grid spokesperson Wendy Ladd.

Queens Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said with thousands still in the dark from superstorm Sandy, this latest round of outages just adds insult to injury.

“We’re just tired of the word that ‘we’re going to fix it.’ We shouldn’t be in these situations anymore and, quite frankly, residents of Rockaway are just frustrated,” Goldfeder told WCBS 880.

All customers in the Rockaways were back online by noon, Ladd said.

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