LIPA warns of potential for major outages as storm barrels toward LI
EAST NORTHPORT - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is warning its customers of the potential for major outages as residents prepare for a major snowstorm to hit the area tomorrow night.
LIPA issued a statement to say it's preparing for the storm, but no one from the utility would speak with News 12 Long Island on camera. Utility representatives say they may hold a press conference tomorrow to explain storm plans.
According to Newsday, National Grid will be taking over the "commanding role" from LIPA during this storm, on a recommendation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. LIPA would not confirm those details.
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Residents who spoke with News 12 Long Island were skeptical that LIPA is prepared to handle this latest storm, particularly after its dismal performance during Superstorm Sandy, when thousands were left without power for weeks.
LIPA and National Grid are urging customers to report outages or downed power lines by calling 800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900, or by visiting their online storm center.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Suffolk and Nassau counties, which will be in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.