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Winter storm: What LI needs to know

Long Islanders began the burdensome task Saturday of clearing away copious amounts of snow that fell across the area Friday evening until daybreak. Videojournalist: Newsday Staff (Feb. 9, 2013)

* CURRENT SITUATION: Suffolk police are urging residents to stay off the roads as conditions remain hazardous across the island. Some parts of Long Island have been socked with more than 2 feet of snow, including Medford, which was hit with 33 inches.More information »| Mobile link: newsday.com/weather

* SCHOOL CLOSINGS: At least 29 districts have announced school closings for Monday as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a Newsday/News12 database. Included are: Bay Shore School District, Brentwood Schoold District, Central Islip School District, Commack School District, Comsewogue School District, Connetquot School District, Eastport School District, Elwood School District, Half Hollow Hills School District, Hauppauge School District, Harborfields School District, Huntington School District, Islip School District, Kings Park School District, Longwood School District, Middle County School District, Miller Place School District, Mount Sinai School District, Northport-East Northport School District, Patchogue-Medford School District, Port Jefferson School District, Rocky Point School District, Sachem School District, Shoreham-Wading River School District, Smithtown School District, South Country School District, South Huntington School District, Three Village School District and Wyandanch School District. See the latest closings » | Mobile link: newsday.com/closings

* TRAFFIC: The Long Island Expressway has reopened from exits 57-73, and Sunrise Highway has reopend.  Latest traffic and transit info

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* OUTAGES: As of 5:48 a.m. Monday, 135 LIPA customers remained without power. Those without power should call 800-490-0075, report outages online at liaccount.com/outage or text OUT to 695472. Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid by calling 800-490-0045.

*ABANDONED VEHICLES: Suffolk County police released a phone number (631-904-3050) for motorists who had to abandon their vehicles on the LIE during the snowstorm. Motorists who had to leave their vehicles on local streets or Sunrise Highway should call the precint neares their vehicle. 
First Precinct, 631-854-8100
Second Precinct, 631-854-8200
Third Precinct, 631-854-8300
Fourth Precinct, 631-854-8400
Fifth Precinct, 631-854-8500
Sixth Precinct, 631-854-8600
Seventh Precinct, 631-852-8700
Northern State Parkway from New York City line to Exit 42, call Sabre Towing, 516-333-4000; east of Exit 42, Higbie Towing, 631-587-2600;
Southern State Parkway from city line to Exit 27, call All County, 516-378-9486; east of Exit 27 call Sabre, 516-333-4000
Wantaugh Parkway, Northern State to Southern State, call Sabre, 516-333-4000; south of Southern, call All County, 516-378-9486
Ocean Parkway in Nassau, call All County, 516-378-9486; in Suffolk, call Higbie, 631-587-2600
Meadowbrook and Loop, call All County, 516-378-9486
Bethpage State Parkway, call Sabre, 516-333-4000
Robert Moses Causeway, Saktokos and Sunken Meandow Parkways, call Higbie, 631-587-2600

* LIRR: The Long Island Rail Road said it will operating near normal service on nine of 11 branches Monday morning. The LIRR advises customers to visit www.mta.info/lirr and refer to the LIRR's "Modified Schedule 4" for train times.

* BUS AND AMTRAK SERVICE: Nassau County’s NICE Bus service is operating normally. Suffolk County Transit service is expected to return to normal operations Monday. Amtrak service to Albany was operating at a normal schedule; Amtrak was scheduled to return limited service to Boston Sunday. 

* AIRPORTS: Air travel crept to back to life Sunday at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, where US Airways was scheduled to resume service at noon, and Southwest Airlines, the airports busiest carrier, was supposed to begin flying at 4:50 p.m. A total of 14 flights were cancelled today at LIMA, according to FlightAware.com, an online flight tracker. Flights at Kennedy Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty in New Jersey and Stewart International in West Chester resumed Saturday, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In all, there were 18 cancelled flights at Kennedy; seven at LaGuardia; 13 at Newark and 14 at Long Island MacArthur today. Track individual flights here | Mobile link: newsday.com/flighttracker.

* STAYING WARM: If the power goes out, it’s important to know how to stay warm. Gather together. A crowded room becomes warmer than one with just a few people inside. Close doors to all but essential rooms. Open curtains and shades to let the sun's warmth in, then close them at dusk. Wear extra, loose layers of clothing and a head cover, and use layers of blankets on beds. Do not use electrical generators inside, prop open the oven door or keep oven burners on.

*SNOW SHOVELING TIPS: Wear breathable layers, and avoid heavy woolen clothing, manmade materials or other materials that don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Push, don’t lift. If you push the snow to the side rather than trying to lift the snow to remove it, you exert less energy thereby placing less stress on your body. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Pay attention to your surroundings. When shoveling snow near streets, be aware that vehicles may not have good traction in the snow and ice.

* KEEP PIPES FROM FREEZING: The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to keep faucets running on a slow drip if there is any danger of your water pipes freezing. The most vulnerable pipes are those that run through unheated crawl spaces or unprotected areas of the home.

* CLEAR HYDRANTS FOR FIREFIGHTERS: Water utility New York American Water asks homeowners and local businesses to take a few minutes to make sure they keep areas surrounding fire hydrants clear so firefighters can connect their equipment without delays.

*KEEP PETS SAFE: Be alert to frostbite: Skin can turn red, gray, white or scaly. If you believe your pet has frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately. Always keep ID tags on your pets in the event they should get lost during the storm. Be sure to walk your dog on a leash and minimize exposure time, also taking care to keep all of your pets clean and wiped down after going outside (road salt can irritate or burn pets and can sometimes cause more serious conditions like seizures). If in doubt, be sure to keep your pets indoors throughout the duration of the storm.

*WHO TO CALL: Emergency phone numbers and contact information in your town.



North Hempstead
Call 311 or 516-TOWN-311 for a service representative or go to northhempstead.com.

Call 516-489-5000 or visit townofhempstead.org.

Oyster Bay
Go to oysterbaytown.com or call highway department to report downed trees at 516-677-5757.

City of Glen Cove
Go to www.glencove-li.us or call 516-676-2000.

City of Long Beach
Visit longbeachny.org or call city hall at 516-431-1000.

Visit townofbabylon.com or call the public safety department at 631-422-7600 to report downed trees.

Call the highway department at 631-451-9200 to report downed trees or visit brookhaven.org.

East Hampton
Go to town.east-hampton.ny.us or call the highway department to report roadway obstructions at 631-324-0925.

Visit huntingtonny.gov or call its 24-hour emergency number, 631-271-2157 or 631-271-6573, or for downed trees or snow-clearing issues 631-499-0444.

Visit townofislip-ny.gov or call 631-224-5600 to report downed trees or power lines.

Call the storm hotline at 631-727-3200 or visit townofriverheadny.gov.

Shelter Island
Visit shelterislandtown.us or call 631-749-0291.

Call the Public Safety Department at 631-360-7553

Go to southamptontownny.gov or call 631-283-6000.

Visit southoldtownny.gov or call 631-765-1800.

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