LIPA warns residents to prepare for outages

WOODBURY - Hurricane Sandy is expected to spark power problems for thousands of Long Islanders.

LIPA is urging customers to plan for outages that could last 7-10 days. Crews will have to deal with high winds that will last for days, making the work dangerous and slow.

More than 300 out-of-town line crews are expected to arrive in New York by tomorrow, some from as far away as California.

LIPA officials say they have taken major steps to prevent customers from being left in the dark with no information on repair times for outages. Crews installed fiber lines to speed information from dozens of substations to customer service representatives.

The company's website has also been updated to include pop-up information on the dispatching of crews. Customers will also be able to use texts and a mobile website to report problems and get updates.

If you're in the dark, call LIPA at 1-800-490-0075 or text 'MYLIPA.' In order to text, you must register your phone by texting 'REG' to 'MYLIPA.'

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