University of Central Florida students evacuate an apartment complex flooded by Hurricane Ian...

University of Central Florida students evacuate an apartment complex flooded by Hurricane Ian on Friday in Orlando. Credit: AP/John Raoux

Florida's power outage no match for LI

My thoughts are with those who have suffered from Hurricane Ian ["Ian wallops Florida with winds, floods," News, Sept. 29]. But I have an observation. In 2012, superstorm Sandy was not even a hurricane-rated storm, with winds less than 75 miles per hour. When Sandy hit, some 90% of PSEG Long Island's customer base of 1.1 million lost power, many for more than a week. Ian, a Category 4 hurricane, hit Florida, a state with 11.1 million electric customers, and less than 12 hours later, 2.6 million outages were reported. That about 23% customers without power.

Why did Florida fare better against this huge storm than Long Island did against Sandy? Is it the infrastructure, building codes or electric company? Officials need to look at why Long Island seems relatively helpless -- and explain.

Mark Hecht, Long Beach

I’m sure Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could use the $12 million right now that he spent flying unsuspecting migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. It's disgraceful using these unfortunate people as political pawns.

Ann Leahy, Wantagh

School shootings madness must stop

How many more school shootings will it take to get something that will work? Another one in Oakland, California is terrible [“Cops: Six shot in Oakland school,” Nation, Sept. 30]. Put metal detectors on the doors. Keep all doors locked from the outside except one door with a guard and metal detector. Just putting guards in schools doesn’t always work. Please, someone, this madness has to stop.

Myra Liguori, Shirley

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