Nearly 1,000 customers were without electricity Tuesday afternoon, down from about 3,000 earlier in the morning, according to a PSEG Long Island outage map.

As of 12:20 p.m., there were 943 customers without power in 44 outages. That's out of 1,170,896 served by PSEG.

"At 8:24 a.m. an outage was reported in the Northport area, affecting 1,017 customers," PSEG said in a statement. "Crews responded to the area and found a downed wire on Eatons Neck Road east of North Harbor Road. We are in the process of reinstalling it and expect power to be restored shortly."

That outage appeared to have been resolved by early Tuesday afternoon, according to the utility's outage map.

Asked the cause of the outages, PSEG spokesman Jeremy Walsh said: "Each outage is unique, and the outage numbers on the map will fluctuate throughout the day. There could be numerous reasons for an outage, including weather, motor vehicle accidents, reliability work, and more."

The likely cause this time was the weather, he said.

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