Long Island News Post Published on August 14th 2020, Written by Nick P.
Many Long Islanders have not had power since Tropical Storm Isaias made an impact last week and are now growing angry over PSEG’s handling of the situation. Areas of Long Island saw heavy rain and were hit with incredibly strong wind gusts that caused several power outages throughout several towns on Long Island.
Initially, PSEG reported that over 200,000 people lost power in the island from the storm. On Sunday evening, they reported that numbers were down to about 25,000 outages. However, the company's website indicated that numbers actually increased as of Monday morning since the night before.
All Long Island PSEG customers who experienced a power outage due to Tropical Storm Isaias have now had their power restored, the company announced. This announcement comes 8 days after the made impact on Long Island and wiped out power for over 400,000 people who had to throw out food and bear the August heat without air conditioning for an extended period of time.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said while it was "good news" that power was finally being restored for many. However, these comments do not provide any relief to those who were forced to sit in the dark for over a week.
Many Long Island residents are furious about PSEG’s response to the outage. One resident of Huntington states that heat within her house has been "unbearable”, and was especially concerning for her family because she is several months pregnant. She was told her house was the “lowest priority” because her house was the only one in the area without service. She was instead advised to stay with a friend or neighbor, which she said was not possible as they were still quarantining due to COVID-19.
There are countless other Long Island residents who are angry about the length of the outages throughout several Long Island Towns since the storm. Many of these residents are calling for a new utility company to come into the area and provide service as they are furious about PSEG’s handling of the situation. Time will tell whether PSEG can improve in the future.
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Long Island News Post Published August 14th, 2020
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