Hundreds of Hauppauge residents are still without power as a forecasted Nor`easter could bring cause further damage and destruction to the area.
Long Island Power Authority reports 1,358 Hauppauge residents and businesses are still without power as of 10:36 a.m. Wednesday, according to LIPA's Outage Map. This is down signficantly from 2,143 customers without power as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
There are still 9,536 LIPA customers without power in the Town of Smithtown as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
LIPA issued a statement 10 a.m. Wednesday that claims the utility company is still on scheduled to restore power to 90 percent of those individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy by the end of the day.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, LIPA reports there are 372 linemen with 289 tree trimmers working in the Town of Smithtown to restore power.
However, Mother Nature could be throwing a monkey wrench in those plans.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 1 p.m. to Thursday 4 a.m. The warning calls for damaging winds from the north at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
The utility company issued a statement about Nor`easter's potential impact on their website:
We are closely monitoring weather reports regarding the Nor’easter forecasted to reach our area today. Customers should expect that this storm could cause additional damage in our area, resulting in additional power outages. LIPA is preparing its operations to respond to the potential impact of this storm, and will continue to deploy its significant workforce to address any additional power outages.
LIPA is reminding customers if you see any downed wire, treat it as if it is a live electric wire, stay away from it, and report it at 1-800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900.