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Outages dip after storm knocked out power to thousands on Long Island

Take a look at East Hampton and East Setauket on Monday, as wild winds whipped across Long Island. The strong winds led to downed lines and power outages in Nassau and Suffolk. Credit: Gordon Grant, James Carbone

An unseasonably warm but powerful storm had cleared Long Island by late Monday night after winds as high as 66 mph left thousands without power.

But by about 11:30 p.m., PSEG Long Island's website reported outages for 1,205 customers. The utility earlier reported that 25,818 customers had been without power at some point during the daylong rain and wind storm and crews would work through the night to restore electricity to those still without it.

PSEG Long Island, already under fire for its much-criticized response to Tropical Storm Isaias, said customers may experience busy signals when calling its main 800-490-0075 number, and recommended those who do try a second number: 800-396-2932.

Monday night, Nassau police said they had no widespread wind or rain damage to report.

A Suffolk police spokesman said Monday that night officers had fielded a lot of calls about "trees and wires down. An abundance of them," he said.

Some examples he gave included reports of a broken telephone poll and wires on fire on Main Street in Center Moriches shortly after 2:30 p.m. There were other reports of wires down shortly before 4 p.m. on Richard Court in Lake Grove, police said. About 45 minutes later, cops fielded calls about a down tree blocking eastbound traffic on Long Island Avenue in Wyandanch.

Shortly after 7 p.m., police were informed of wires on the ground near Wilcox Avenue and Old Neck Road in Center Moriches, the spokesman said.

PSEG faced withering criticism in August over how it handled Tropical Storm Isaias, including for an outage management computer system that crippled its response to the storm and which had been experiencing problems weeks in advance.

A LIPA task force found the system still isn’t fully fixed, nor are telecom capacity issues experienced during the storm. The state has recommended that LIPA consider terminating its contract with PSEG, and suing the provider to force better service.

The weather service said erosion is "likely" for all ocean beaches on Monday into Tuesday, with localized minor flooding possible for all low-lying areas at high tide Monday and Tuesday. Minor street flooding also was possible.

The temperature Monday was unseasonably warm for the last day of November, hovering in the low 60s. But say goodbye to that warm weather as temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s are forecast starting Tuesday before plunging into the 30s overnight. The high Wednesday and Thursday is expected to top out in the mid-to-upper 40s before dipping into the 30s at night.

With Antonio Planas

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