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UPDATE: Power Outages Jump to 4,692 in Hauppauge

LIPA is reported 4,692 Hauppauge residents are without electricity as of 4:18 p.m. Monday.

Update, 4:15 p.m. 

In less than an hour, Long Island Power Authority is reporting the number of power outages in Hauppauge has jumped up to 4,692 homes, previously at 1,192. 

There is a newly reported, large power outage affecting more than 1,000 LIPA customers just west of Hauppauge High School, according to LIPA's Outage Map. A similarly sized outage has been reported in the southern portion of Hauppauge, near where Route 111 meets the Long Island Expressway. 

LIPA is reporting there are 18,327 outages in the Town of Smithtown, with more than 200,000 across Long Island as of 4:15 p.m. Monday. 

Crews are at work attempting to fix the large outage near the high school, but an estimate of when electrcity will be restored is not available. 

Update, 3:30 p.m.: 

There are more than 145,000 customers without power across Long Island, with the number of Hauppauge homes affected steady increasing to 1,192 homes, according to LIPA.  

There are multiple power outages cluster around were the Northern State Parkway meets Veterans Highway, near the bird section of Hauppauge, according to LIPA's Outage map. There are smaller outages reported along Old Willets Path and the southern portion of Veterans Highway. 

LIPA reports that crews have been dispatched to the large outage just west of Hauppauge High School. There is no word on whether or not LIPA has dispatched crews to other areas yet. 

Original Story, 1:45 p.m.: 

Strong winds ahead of Hurricane Sandy have started causing small power outages to spring up across the Hauppauge area. 

Long Island Power Authority is reporting that 753 Hauppauge customers are without power as of 1:45 p.m. on Monday, according to its storm outage map. This is a slight increase from 577 customers without power as of 12:15 p.m. 

The power outages in Hauppauge appear to be west of Hauppauge High School, with smaller pockets near Blydenburgh County Park and Hidden Pond Park, according to LIPA's storm outage map. 

LIPA reports there are 37,023 customers in Suffolk County who are without power as of 1:48 p.m. Monday. There are a total of 2,648 customers without power in the Town of Smithtown, which is the township under which LIPA lists Hauppauge. 

Across Long Island, there are more than 50,000 LIPA customers without power as of 1:45 p.m. Monday. 

Customers are encouraged to always report outages and can also report outages by calling 1-800-490-0075.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory as Frankenstorm is expected to generate speeds of 30 - 50 mph, with gusts up to 80 - 85 mph. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening.  

Experts are advising residents to stay indoors during the storm, away from all windows and doors. 

Stayed Tuned to Patch for updated Hurricane Sandy Coverage. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @HauppaugePatch for breaking news. 

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