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Plainview Spared Wrath of Summer Storm

Thousands of Long Islanders lose power from Wednesday's storms; Plainview suffers only scattered outages.

A powerful series of thunderstorms Wednesday left thousands of Long Islanders without power but the Plainview area was spared the worst of the storm's effects.

Hundreds of LIPA customers were without power after midnight Thursday in neighboring Syosset, the result of a fierce band of thunderstorms that struck the North Shore along the Northern Boulevard corridor Wednesday. But Plainview suffered only isolated pockets of power outages. Few remained at midnight Thursday.

But major power outages were reported from Roslyn east to Oyster Bay as police from Nassau, Old Brookville and Muttontown swarmed 25A to direct traffic at disabled lights and removed widespread debris from trees cracked in half. Limbs littered the roadway, suggesting powerful winds.

In Glen Cove, a beloved gazebo in a waterfront park collapsed into pieces.

Over half of the more than 22,000 outages reported to LIPA are located on Nassau's North Shore. Of those, almost 1,500 Syosset and Woodbury homes and 65 Glen Cove customers were without power, according to LIPA's outage map from earlier Wednesday. The numbers in Plainview and southward were minimul.

Crews were working through the night to restore power to the impacted areas.

The storms had the positive effect of dramatically lowering temperatures. Thursday's high temperature is expected in the mid-80s, a full 10 degrees lower than Wednesday's high. The forecast calls for more rain this morning and into tomorrow.

Dorothy A Whalen July 19, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Still, it took nine hours to get the power back on. Was not a pleasant evening!
Simba July 19, 2012 at 09:01 AM
How is this, CNN reported a couple of weeks ago that the country of Germany experiences ONLY 21 MINUTES of electrical outages for an entire year on average. Why???? because they decide to do things the right way and save money on repairs like we do as well as limit the aggravation we feel. Look what happened last summer with the storm, look what happened this year in the midwest. Come on we chant how we are the greatest country in the world, time to act like it. Ask yourself what improvements has National Grid done since the last big outage last year ??? Nothing at all. And if you want to comment that I should pick up and go to Germany, well from the number of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes cars I see in this town, you all support them just fine.
Simba July 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/02/opinion/frum-buried-lines/index.html?iref=allsearch
Joe Dowd July 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Simba: Excellent point. I think they do that in Canada, as well, at least Ontario. Did you lose power?
Simba July 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Briefly we did Joe, but after last year's storm and the number of days being out, you just never know. I would love to know how many have installed generators since then.

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