PSEG Long Island Storm Update — Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Aug. 22, 2021) – The strongest part of Tropical Storm Henri has passed beyond Long Island and the Rockaways, however heavy rain and strong winds will continue into the evening, with the possibility of toppling large trees, branches and wires. While the storm has shifted to the east and its impact is not as severe as previously anticipated, peak gusts ranging from 35 to 40 mph in western areas and 40 to 48 mph on the east end of Long Island are still possible for the next several hours. Large trees with root support weakened after several hours of heavy rainfall may be susceptible to these gusts.
- PSEG Long Island is reporting 730 of its approximately 1.1 million customers are currently without service.
- As of 3 p.m., PSEG Long Island has restored power to more than 2,528 customers since midnight.
- We expect to restore power to the majority of remaining customers affected earlier today by Tropical Storm Henri by the end of day. Additional outages are expected to occur and work will be assigned to crews as it comes in.
- Electric service crews are working to assess damage and restore outages safely and as quickly as possible, and will continue to work throughout the day and night. As this assessment continues and more information is available, estimated times of restoration (ETRs) will be refined.
- Based on the updated storm projections, PSEG Long Island has adjusted its requests for outside assistance and will continue to operate with the additional resources that have already been provided.
- PSEG Long Island reminds customers that its crews are unable to work in bucket trucks to make repairs in high winds.
- Information about PSEG Long Island’s restoration process is available at https://www.psegliny.com/outages/restorationprocess.
- In addition to having extra personnel and equipment at the ready, the electric grid has been strengthened by PSEG Long Island to better withstand extreme weather and allow for faster power restoration, including elevating a number of substations above flood level in preparation for this kind of severe weather.
- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have adapted our storm and safety procedures to follow public health guidelines and industry best practices. We thank our customers for their patience as we operate under these unusual circumstances to safely restore power as quickly as possible.
- Being without power for any length of time is a hardship and PSEG Long Island thanks our customers for their patience as we work through the damage and difficult conditions to restore their power as safely and quickly as possible.
- For photos of storm preparation, damage and restoration, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/psegli/sets/72157719718348261/.
- Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Stay at least 30 feet away from downed lines, and don’t go near the pole or anything touching the line. Immediately contact PSEG Long Island via phone at 1-800-490-0075, via mobile app or on our website to report downed wires, and dial 911 if an immediate hazard exists.
- Electric current passes easily through water, so stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Don't drive over – and don't stand near – downed power lines.
- Downed lines will be hard to see in standing water. If you encounter large pools of standing water, stop, back up and choose another path.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or any other enclosed space.
- Download the PSEG Long Island mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more.
- Report an outage and receive status updates by texting OUT to PSEGLI (773454). You can also report your outage through our app, our website at www.psegliny.com/outages or with your voice using the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant app on your smartphone.
- To report an outage or downed wire, call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075.
- Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter to report an outage and for updates before, during and after the storm.
- Visit PSEG Long Island’s MyPower map for the latest in outage info, restoration times and crew locations across Long Island and the Rockaways at https://mypowermap.psegliny.com/.
Prepare for a storm:
- Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries.
- Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water.
- Create an emergency communications plan.
- Develop an evacuation plan.
- Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
- Make sure to have cash available. Banks may be closed or inaccessible after a storm.
- Fill up your car’s fuel tank.
- Bring in unsecured objects and furniture from patios and balconies.
- Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSEG Long Island’s Electric Service line 1-800-490-0075.
- Discuss storm and lightning safety with your family.
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PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.