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For Immediate Release: December 26, 2012

LIPA and National Grid Prepared For Nor’easter

Utility ready to respond to outages caused by heavy winds and rain starting this evening

Uniondale, NY — The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and National Grid are prepared for the impact of a nor’easter which is expected to bring heavy rain and damaging winds with gusts potentially reaching 60 mph.  The forecast calls for the worst weather to come overnight.

This type of weather has the potential to cause power outages across Long Island. LIPA and National Grid have extra line crews, tree trimmers, and support personnel to address any outages. For the safety of our workforce, we will suspend work on overhead lines during periods of high sustained winds. Damage assessment and other restoration efforts will continue around the clock.

Power will be restored to all customers affected as quickly and safely as possible. Depending on the severity of the storm it is expected that most service will be restored within 24 hours, but some outages could extend beyond that time period. Storm preparedness and safety tips area available on our web site at www.lipower.org/stormcenter.

A power outage should always be reported to LIPA. Customers can visit our online Storm Center at www.lipower.org/stormcenter from a computer or mobile device to report an outage and receive power restoration updates. To report via text messaging, text OUT to myLIPA (695472). An outage can also be reported by phone to 1-800-490-0075. By reporting an outage and providing a contact phone number, customers can receive timely information regarding the status of the outage and estimated restoration times.

LIPA would also like to remind our customers to be alert. Please drive carefully and exercise caution when driving near any of the repair crews working to restore power. If you see any downed wire, assume it is live and do not go near it. Report it immediately to LIPA at 1-800-490-0075.

How LIPA and National Grid are preparing for the storm:

  • Closely monitoring the storm's progress around-the-clock
  • Securing additional on-island crews and tree trimmers
  • Coordinating efforts with state, county, and local emergency management organizations
  • Additional Call Center personnel added and schedules arranged for extended coverage
  • Proactive outreach efforts continue to be made for critical care and special needs customers and facilities

LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2011, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency and duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at http://www.lipower.org.

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