More than 3,700 Still Without Power in New Hyde Park Area Saturday Afternoon

Decrease of 2,900 since Friday night.

At least 3,700 customers in the New Hyde Park area are still without power as of 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon after Hurricane Sandy barreled through Long Island and according to the LIPA outage map, crews have still yet to be assigned to any of the reported outages.

The nearest crews assigned according to the map is in the area of Stewart Avenue.

According to LIPA, a total of 841 customers in New Hyde Park were still without electricity, up from 532 Friday. In North New Hyde Park, 2,375 are powerless, a decrease from 5,404 reported Friday. Garden City Park has 531 customers affected, up from 494 Friday, while 2,228 homes in Herricks are without electricity, up from 1,342.

To report an outage to LIPA, call 1-800-490-0075 or text 'REG' to 695472 (myLIPA) and then 'OUT.' For more important emergency contacts, tips and links, click here.

In a statement released Sunday, LIPA told customers to expect heavy rain, flooding, and winds in excess of 50 miles per hour through the night that are likely to cause trees and branches to pull down power lines.  The company urged customers to "prepare and plan for power outages, which based on the current track could last between 7 to 10 days."

The utility company also reminded customers to:

  • Never touch or go near fallen wires, even if you think they are safe. Parents can use this opportunity to remind children that wires are dangerous. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with a downed wire, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
  • Make sure you have a working, battery powered radio or TV and a good supply of fresh replacement batteries.
  • Have flashlights available for all family members.
  • If an electric pump supplies your water, fill spare food-grade containers with water for cooking and washing in anticipation of a possible power interruption.
  • Make sure all motor driven equipment, such as garage door openers, can be operated manually.
  • When using a portable generator, make sure all LIPA-powered equipment is disconnected. This will avoid severe hazards when reconnecting the power to your home or business.
  • Have a first aid kit at home and check its contents to make sure they are complete and up to date. If you have family members with special medical needs, such as insulin or other prescription drugs, check to make sure you have an adequate supply.
  • Do not use charcoal to cook indoors; deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate in your home.
  • If you have an elderly neighbor, be a Good Samaritan and check on his or her status. Even a quick telephone call during a storm can provide much appreciated assurance that help is nearby if needed.
  • Should an electric power interruption occur, all sensitive equipment, such as computers and TVs should be disconnected until service is restored

While LIPA does not provide generators to customers, if you have a generator we remind you to use it safely.

FrazzieBear November 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I'm starting to loose my patience now.. It's taking too long now.. I'm around Denton Ave and No LIPA crew in sight!!! If we remain quiet LIPA will put us last on the list!!! LIPA should NOT be the only electric supplier in Long Island!!!
Cathy Anderson-Meyers November 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
How is the Ray Biggs family on Sperry doing? Any info would be appreciated by friends in Calif. Contact Cathy at clameyers@gmail.com. Thanks so much.
Su November 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Don't know what LIPA website is getting their info from, but its saying only 500 families are without power out of 5000 in NHP....I haven't seen lights on since Monday And the 3 houses who had power no longer have power today, So instead of getting better, it's getting worse, they are promising on the site that NHP will have power by Nov 7th and that would be ideal since the Noe'eastern is hitting Wednesday, if they don't have power LIPA will blame it on the new storm. Also, what gives, LIPA assigned a guy to watch a down line there for 3 days straight, most times when we pass by, the guy is sleeping in his car, couldn't resources be used better?
Howard November 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
RE: Su's Comment: "...what gives, LIPA assigned a guy to watch a down line there for 3 days straight, most times when we pass by, the guy is sleeping in his car, couldn't resources be used better?" UNBELIEVABLE! - NO, unfortunately, entirely believable. Assessing, assessing assessing. Yet NO crews ever enter our area. Give me a break.
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