GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Residents on Long Island still recovering from Monday’s snowstorm are bracing for round two late Tuesday into Wednesday.
As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, the back-to-back blasts of winter weather are especially troublesome to utility companies.
The forecast is calling for freezing rain and sleet, which will add to the snow that’s already accumulated.
“The ice and the heavy, wet snow is what’s a little bit tougher on the system. It pulls down tree limbs and hangs on the lines,” PSEG Long Island spokesman Jeffrey Weir told Xirinachs.
But Weir said the utility is ready for whatever Mother Nature delivers.
“We have the extra crews on contractors on hand and on call and ready to go,” he told Xirinachs.
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A 7-11 manager in Mineola said the store is stocked up to meet the storm demand.
“Might be pretty busy tonight because people are looking for batteries. They might be scared their power will cut off anytime. So we stocked up already so we have enough batteries for that,” he told Xirinachs.
About 4,700 customers on Long Island lost power in Monday’s storm.
PSEG has advised customers to stay away from fallen power lines and to report them immediately.
To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 800-490-0075.
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