LIPA Completes Wind Storm Restorations
Uniondale – October 30, 2006 – The Long Island Power Authority completed all wind storm-related service restorations after this weekend’s severe weather system hit Long Island.
Since mid-night, October 28th, 63,464 LIPA customers experienced a service disruption as a result a weather system consisting of severe winds and heavy rain.Â The peak number of customers out at one time occurred at 12:00PM on Saturday when nearly 25,000 customers had a service interruption. Seventy-six percent of all outages were restored
in less than four hours.
Over 1,245 repairs jobs have been completed by some 800 field and supervisoryÂ personnelÂ working 16-hour shifts to replace poles, repair power lines, remove trees from downed power lines and poles, replace fuses and reset transformers. The repair crews were working in very difficult weather conditions including wind gusts over 50 miles per
“I am extremely proud of the remarkable job that LIPA’s electric service personnel accomplished this weekend under very extreme weather conditions, and no personnel were injured,” said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel.Â “LIPA responded in full strength during the height of this storm on Saturday, restoration crews worked 16-hour shifts restoring
over 63,000 outages.Â Thanks to the hard work of these dedicated men and women approximately 76% of all outages were restored in less than four hours.”
LIPA customers are also encouraged to visit LIPA’s Storm Center on LIPA’s Web site www.lipower.org for updated weather reports, electric outage information and tips to stay prepared for weather emergencies. LIPA, a non-profit electric utility, owns the retail electric system on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million
customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA does not own any electric generation assets on Long Island.
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