Town of Hempstead crews spring into action to clear storm damage
Areas on Long Island have already begun cleaning up from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Fay.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin called Fay a "serious storm," and it flexed its muscles early in the afternoon, as crews worked to clear a downed tree on Cottage Street in Uniondale.
Officials say crews had chain saws ready to help clear the roadways as sustained winds of 60 mph for six to eight hours were forecast, and tree limbs could come down.
"We expect with the high winds and the flooding, it's going to be a bad combination, and we want to be able to clear these roads as soon as possible for our first responders and essential workers," says Clavin.
John O'Connell of PSEG Long Island says all account holders were sent a text before the storm, and in the event of a power outage, they should reply with the message "OUT."
In anticipation of up to 4 inches of rain, crews had been cleaning out drains all week long.
As for the Long Island Rail Road, officials say they're ready for anything. Crews are set to remove any limbs as needed and will make sure passengers get safety messages if needed -- whether onboard or on social media.