Fierce winds topple trees, knock out power in Suffolk

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Long Islanders are cleaning up from the wild weekend weather.

Officials say the area between Brentwood and Commack was one of the hardest hit areas during the storm that brought hail and heavy winds.

News 12 received many calls and emails about trees falling onto homes and streets. Many streets were left impassable.

Nicole Modlin, of Commack, says she's lucky to be alive after her car was crushed by a tree. Moments earlier, she says she had been putting something in the trunk.

Susan Lombardo, also of Commack, says when she heard the storm she grabbed her family and ran into the basement right before a tree in her front yard fell on her house.

Suffolk officials say the storm could also be to blame for a female swimmer drowning in the water off Fire Island, and say they're working hard to clean up the damage and get the power back on.

MORE: News 12 Weather Center | Live Radar

Residents say that multiple trees fell along Spinner Lane in Commack. Donna Tedesco says a tree fell onto her neighbor’s home, and that she has complained to Huntington officials that the trees need to be pruned or taken down.

Tedesco says the tree damage hasn't been this bad since Superstorm Sandy. The National Weather Service in Upton says the tree damage was caused by 60 mph straight line winds, not a tornado.

Thousands remain without power across Suffolk County. Some customers say they've been left without air conditioning, especially during the hot summer nights.

PSEG Long Island says it has brought in more than 400 crews from other utilities like Con Edison to help. It says some customers could be without power until Wednesday.

PSEG Long Island has set up outreach centers, like one at the Mayfair Shopping Center in Commack, where residents can pick up water and ice.

To report an outage call 1-800-490-0075 or if you're enrolled text OUT to PSEGLI. Check the outage map here.

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