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Power mostly back after Sunday storm, LIPA says

A LIPA truck sits near a downed tree

A LIPA truck sits near a downed tree in West Babylon, NY, Monday, July 26, 2010. 2010. Photo Credit: Photo by Ed Betz

About 450 utility workers were dispatched Tuesday morning to restore electricity to a smattering of Long Island households still feeling the effects of a Sunday storm, a Long Island Power Authority spokesman said.

"Basically, everybody who lost power on Sunday, they are all back, with the exception of a handful of households scattered through Nassau County," LIPA spokesman Mark Gross said. Gross said power to about 1,600 households was restored overnight Monday. Most of the repairs were in Oyster Bay and North Hempstead.

The storm that spawned a twister in the Bronx also left its mark on Long Island, with a peak of 38,393 power outages at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to LIPA. With crews working overnight, the number had been whittled to about 3,000 by 10 p.m. Monday, Gross said.

LIPA's Storm Center website listed about 1,600 households without power at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, including 1,070 in North Hempstead and 432 in Oyster Bay.

Not all of those outages are storm-related, Gross said. He said it is typical for outages to still be high a few days after such a storm because workers must disconnect some customers' service to perform more permanent repairs.

"Some intentional outages are needed," he said. "When we make those intentional outages, we do our best to notify customers."


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