WEST BABYLON - Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) officials announced today that damage on the Island from Tropical Storm Irene is more severe than their initial estimates.
Officials said they were out looking at lines and identified more than 4,200 locations where their transmission system has been damaged by toppled poles and downed wires. Widespread damage has been reported in northern parts of Oyster Bay, Huntington, Smithtown, Brookhaven and on the South Fork.
As of 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, more than 250,000 of the 523,000 customers who lost power as a result of the storm have been restored to service.
The power authority says it's the second worst situation it has faced seen since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.
"If our electric system were a person, we just got run over by a truck," says LIPA COO Michael Hervey.
On Avenue B in West Babylon, neighbors who have been without power since the storm are growing restless. They say the lack of answers from LIPA is frustrating.
However, LIPA says it has more than 2,400 linemen working to restore power and it plans to bring in more out-of-state crews to help out.
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