The Long Island Power Authority is reporting at 9:20 p.m. Friday that hundreds of customers in eastern Southampton Town are without power, as a powerful blizzard takes out trees, utility poles and power lines.
Lipower.org states that 86 are without power in Noyac, 19 in North Haven, 17 in Shinnecock Hills and Tuckahoe, and 355 in North Sea. There are scattered outages, affecting just a handful of customers each, throughout the eastern half of town.
National Grid, which took over storm communications from LIPA, stated Friday that the utility expects due to the blizzard; however, National Grid President John Bruckner said power will be restored to customers within 24 hours.
Outages may be called into LIPA at 800-490-0075.
Southampton Town Office of Emergency Management advises that LIPA customers can report outages and receive restoration text message.
"LIPA requires customers pre-register your cellphones in order to report outages and receive restoration updates via text," Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Randy Hintze said. "To register, customers should text REG to 695472 (myLIPA). After registration, to report an outage, the customer would text OUT to 695472 (myLIPA)."
Bruckner said the company has 700 high-voltage lineman and 250 tree-trimmers ready to act after the storm. In addition National Grid is upping the number of call-center personnel to provide better communication during and after the storm, Bruckner said.
Southampton Town and Southampton Village have declared states of emergency. Residents are advised not to leave their homes, and to stay off the roads unless except for emergency travel.