MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fewer than 5,000 PSEG Long Island customers remained without electricity late Wednesday, a day after a powerful thunderstorm swept through the area.
As of 9 p.m., a total of 4,352 customers were still without power, down from 9,669 earlier in the day.
The utility had reported earlier that most of the outages were in Brookhaven, Smithtown and Southold, all of which sustained severe damage to trees, power lines and utility poles.
“We have everyone working on this,” PSEG spokesman Jeffery Weir told 1010 WINS. “Every available resource has been deployed to that area.”
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Con Edison and Orange & Rockland utilities are helping PSEG Long Island restore power. More than 80,000 customers lost power during the height of the outages.
Crews worked through the night clearing the countless trees and power lines that came crashing down during Tuesday morning’s storm, CBS2’s Andrea Gyrmes reported. The utility says it hopes to have everyone back on the grid by late Wednesday night.