Update: As of Sunday morning, power outages were down to 51 electric customers, scattered in Hampton Bays, Quogue, East Quogue and Westhampton Beach.
According to LIPA's outage map, crews have been assigned to most of the outages with the exception of an outage in East Quogue and another near Squire Pond in Hampton Bays.
Update: As of Saturday night, about 100 electric customers were without power in Westhampton-Hampton Bays, about 75 of them in the Red Creek area.
According to the LIPA outage map, the outages are being accessed; however, a National grid spokesperson said that electric can only be restored provided roads are clear.
Update: As of Saturday morning, about 355 electric customers in the Westhampton-Hampton Bays area are still without power. The outages are scattered in pockets with one larger outage in Red Creek that affects 311 customers. According to LIPA restoration time for that outage is Feb. 10, 12:00 p.m.
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According to the Long Island Power Authority's storm map, the outages are localized in Hampton Bays with 323 customers without power and Quogue, where there are 36 outages. Other communities in the area so far had few or no reported outages.
National Grid President John Bruckner said Friday they expect about 100,000 power outages across Long Island from the storm, though outages are not expected to last more than 24 hours, he said.
LIPA put National Grid in charge of the storm response on Thursday – the first time it relinquished control in its history – after all-time lows in public faith in the utility due to its response the Hurricane Sandy in November.
Bruckner said the company has 700 high-voltage lineman and 250 tree-trimmers ready to act after the storm. In addition National Grid is upping the number of call-center personnel to provide better communication during and after the storm, Bruckner said.
National Grid has fully restocked its supplies of power lines, transformers and wires so that workers do not have to wait for shipments to come in, like they did during Superstorm Sandy.
“The resources we needed, we didn’t see until many days after Sandy. For this storm, they are on Long Island,” he said.
Bruckner also said that the company is monitoring the potential storm surge on Long Island’s North Shore, and has already sandbagged its equipment in case of flooding.
“We feel we’re in pretty good shape going into this storm,” Bruckner said.
The biggest concern for National Grid during the storm is not snow, but wind. Forecasters predict the New England nor'easter wind will range from 30 to 40 miles per hour with howling gusts hitting 60 miles per hour.
“This is not a typical storm. Usually, a storm comes in and out in an hour or two. This storm will last a couple days,” he said.
Bruckner said that National Grid will have 1,000 personnel on the ground early Saturday to assess the damage. Critical care customers including hospitals, nursing homes and sewage treatment plants will be attended to first. After that, areas with the most outages will be the focus, and lastly, the parts of the island with the least amount of outages.
Bruckner also said that National Grid has supplied generators to fuel terminals, so that gas shortages that happened during Superstorm Sandy do not repeat.
However, area residents are skeptical that electricity will be turned on within a day.
When asked on Facebook if they believe that the National Grid will be able to restore power to most customers who lose power within 24 hours, they responded with comments like, "Yea right," "no way" and "LOL."
During Sandy, some area residents experienced power outages for more than a week after the storm.
To report an outage, call LIPA at 1-800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900 and be sure to let your neighbors updated on power outages by posting a comment below.
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