Nor’easter Winds Cause Long Island Power Outages


A nor’easter brought high winds that downed trees and utility lines, leaving more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power across Long Island early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service has a coastal flood advisory in effect until 1 p.m. Monday but lifted a wind advisory and severe thunderstorm warning that was in effect overnight. The highest gusts on LI were 69 mph in Fire Island and Orient, according to NWS. PSEG Long Island reported that more than 10,000 of its 1.1 million customers lost power, but most had electricity restored as of 9 a.m.

The winter storm slammed much of the eastern United States with snow, ice and high winds on Sunday, causing widespread travel disruptions on the holiday weekend. Winter weather alerts stretched more than 1,000 miles from Alabama to Maine, with the governors of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina all declaring emergencies due to the storm.

The storm made its way through the Mid-Atlantic region toward New England on Sunday night, bringing snow that is expected to change to ice, sleet and eventually rain, the NWS said. More than 3,000 flights within, into or out of the United States were canceled on Sunday, and over 8,000 flights were delayed, according to FlightAware data.

This was a long weekend for most people in the United States as Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

-With Reuters

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