LIPA brings in extra staff to keep power on during Irene

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) says it is bringing in extra staff this weekend to try and keep the power on during Hurricane Irene.

WOORDBURY - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) says it is bringing in extra staff this weekend to try and keep the power on during Hurricane Irene.

When Hurricane Gloria hit in 1985, many Long Islanders were left in the dark for days, but LIPA officials say they're better prepared this time, with more than 2,000 employees on standby.

LIPA has 900 crews on the Island gearing up for 16-hour shifts to restore any outages that do occur, starting with priority areas which include hospitals. The power authority says it also has 1,200 more workers headed to the Island from Michigan, Iowa and Indiana.

To report an outage, call 1-800-490-0075.

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