NEW HYDE PARK - Hundreds of thousands of residents remain in the dark tonight after Hurricane Irene tore through Long Island.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) says that based on initial assessment, 90 percent of customers will have power restored by Friday, but warns some localized outages will linger into the weekend and early next week.
As of 10 p.m. Monday night, about 325,000 are still without electricity, but at the height of the storm, that number rose to 523,000 customers.
In New Hyde Park, many residents lost electricity due to toppled trees. They say they?re frustrated because they haven?t seen a single LIPA or tree removal crew in more than 24 hours.
The power authority announced that it has temporarily suspended billing and collection calls to re-direct its work forces to the storm power restoration process. LIPA is urging customers to watch its website, but to be aware that it is only updating the numbers twice a day.
LIPA is also reminding everyone to pay attention to safety issues when leaving home because there are still downed wires. Officials say to assume that they are live.
To report a downed wire and power loss, LIPA is asking customers to call 1-800-490-0075.
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