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Worries About New Power Outages Mount On Long Island With Another Storm Coming

March 12, 2018 - 5:32 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A third nor’easter in 10 days was set to arrive in the Tri-State Area Monday night, and this time, Connecticut and Long Island were expected to see the worst of it.

The Tri-State Area is expected to be spared the worst effects of the coming storm system, but Suffolk County and southern Connecticut could see 3 to 6 inches of snow. The eastern end of Suffolk County along the shore could get as much as 10 inches. The city could see accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

"Some of our western suburbs may be to escape the wrath of this one," WCBS Chief Meteorologist Craig Allen reported. "It is going to be one powerhouse out there again in the Atlantic but this one the track is a little bit farther to the east so it's quite possible that Long Island and Connecticut will come in with the higher snow totals when this tapers down."

PSEG Long Island said it is closely monitoring the storm with its anticipated wet snow and high winds. In preparation for the storm, the utility is performing checks on critical transmission and distribution equipment.

"We are monitoring the forecast closely and our emergency preparedness plans are activated," John O'Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island, said in a news release. "While snow and wind normally don't pose a serious problem to the electric system, icing on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages. While the forecasted conditions may make it difficult for our crews to get around, our customers should be comforted knowing our crews stand at the ready to begin restoring service, in the event of any outages, as safely and quickly as conditions allow."

Speaking to WCBS 880’s Steve Scott and Michael Wallace Monday afternoon, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said power outages were indeed the chief concern.

“This is our third nor’easter in under two weeks, and our big concern, you know, the ground has been so saturated; so many tress and limbs have already come down. The biggest concern with wind gusts is always power outages,” she said.

Curran said as far as she knows, most power customers on Long Island who lost electricity in the past two storms have had it restored.

With the storm coming right in time for the morning commute on Tuesday, Curran urged caution.

“It’s going to be a messy and hazardous commute,” she said. “If you can stay home, please do. If you do venture out, please use extreme caution.”

Curran also said the repeated snowstorms have led to budgetary concerns.

“It’s a serious budget concern,” she said. “These storms cost us and our taxpayers a lot of money, so for that reason alone, I’m hoping this storm isn’t as big as it’s forecast.”

Curran only recently took office, and this will be the third major storm she has dealt with. She said she has learned some lessons.

 “I’ve learned that Mother Nature is very strong and we are not to mess with her," Curran said. "But we’re ready. We’ve got our plows ready. We’ve got tons of salt and sand, so whatever she decides to give us, we’re ready to handle it.”