Storm Causes Widespread Damage, Power Outages


A power thunderstorm brought high winds and strong rains to Long Island, downing trees and utility lines, leaving roads closed, thousands without power, and a building partially collapsed Thursday night.

PSEG Long Island reported that more than 25,000 of its 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties were without power Friday morning, down from more than 43,000 immediately after the storm, which passed between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists recorded the top wind gusts as 61 mph in Wantagh and Brentwood.

There were no reported injuries when an industrial building partially collapsed on a row of parked cars, crushing them with bricks on Executive Boulevard in East Farmingdale at 9:27 p.m.

Roads that were blocked due to downed trees Thursday night included Wantagh State Parkway, Ketcham Avenue in Amityville, Copiague Road in North Lindenhurst, Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon, Grand Boulevard in Islip, Richland Boulevard in Brightwaters, Raimond Street in Yaphank, and Middle Island Road in East Yaphank.

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