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UPDATE: Power Outages Rise to 2,899 in Commack

LIPA issues statement that due to high wind speeds, flooding it has suspended work repairing overhead lines until there are safer conditions.

Update, 4:30 p.m.: 

Long Island Power Authority is reporting the number of power outages in Commack has jumped up to 2,899 homes, previously at 1,611. 

There is a new outage affecting more than 1,000 Commack households in the nieghborhoods north of Hoyt Farm, across New Highway, according to LIPA's Storm Outage Map. There are multiple other sizable outages in Commack along Northern State Parkway and and one along Veterans Highway. 

LIPA is reporting there are 26,812 outages in the Town of Smithtown and 37,125 in Town of Huntington, with more than 230,000 across Long Island as of 4:30 p.m. Monday. 

There is no indication that crews have been dispatched to restore electricity in Commack. 

The utility company issued this statement on its website Monday afternoon: 

Due to the high sustained wind speeds and localized flooding, work on overhead lines will be delayed for long periods of time until conditions once again become safe for our crews, which based on the current weather forecast, will be Tuesday morning. Ground work restoration will continue as conditions allow.

Update, 2:45 p.m.: 

There are more than 108,000 customers without power across Long Island, with the number of Commack homes affected rapidly increasing to 1,611 homes.  

There are multiple power outages cluster around the Hoyt Farm in Commack, with addition power outages being reported in the Tulipwood area. A new power outages between 51 - 500 customers has been reported in the Mayfair area. 

There is no word on whether or not LIPA has dispatched crews to the area to start restoring electricity. 


Update, 1:15 p.m. Monday: 

Power outages across Commack are increasing as Hurricane Sandy's winds pick up across Long Island. 

Long Island Power Authority is reporting that 1,300 Commack customers are without power as of 1:30 p.m. Monday. The utility company is currently assessing the condition and cause of Commack's outages.

The Commack power outages appear to be centered in the Tulipwood section and near Hoyt Farm, with smaller outages reported off New Highway and between Veterans Highway and Jericho Turnpike.  

According to LIPA's storm outage map, there are 27,436 customers in Suffolk County who are without power as of 1:15 p.m. Monday with the majority in the Town of Islip. There are a total of 5,601 customers without power in the Town of Huntington, which is the township under which LIPA lists Commack. 

Across Long Island, LIPA is reporting more than 50,000 power outages as of 1:30 p.m. Monday. 

Customers are encouraged to always report outages and can also report outages by calling 1-800-490-0075.

Update, 12:30 p.m.:

 Long Island Power Authority is reporting that electricity has been restored to most Commack customers. There are less than five customers remaining without electricity, according to LIPA's storm center. 

Original story: 

Strong winds ahead of Hurricane Sandy have started causing small power outages to spring up across the Commack area. 

Long Island Power Authority is reporting that 88 Commack customers are without power as of 9 a.m. Monday morning. The utility company is currently assessing the condition and cause of Commack's outages. 

According to LIPA's storm outage map, there are 4,147 customers in Suffolk County who are without power as of 9 a.m. Monday with the majority in the Town of Islip. There are a total of 577 customers without power in the Town of Huntington, which is the township under which LIPA lists Commack. 

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory as Frankenstorm is expected to generate speeds of 30 - 50 mph, with gusts up to 80 - 85 mph. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening.  

Experts are advising residents to stay indoors during the storm, away from all windows and doors. 

Stayed Tuned to Patch for updated Hurricane Sandy Coverage. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @CommackPatch for breaking news. 

Paul L. October 29, 2012 at 02:18 PM
LIPA says outages are now 10,000+ on LI http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outagemap.html
Paul L. October 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Now almost 50,000

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