LIPA: Crews to work throughout holiday weekend
Nearly a week after Tropical Storm Irene knocked down trees and took down power lines, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) says fewer than 38,000 customers remain without power.
LIPA says it's making progress, with 7,500 crews out in the field working to restore power to those still affected.
After living in the dark for six days, some residents in Farmingdale were elated today when their power was restored. Flor Hernandez says living without power was hard, especially on her young children.
LIPA says its entire workforce will be available throughout the holiday weekend in an effort to have electricity restored to 99 percent of its customers by Sunday night.
The utility also says there are concerns that the upcoming thunderstorms this weekend could mean more outages.
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