About 5,000 customers in Mineola are still without power as of 1 p.m. Friday afternoon after Hurricane Sandy barreled through Long Island and according to the LIPA outage map and there are still no crews assigned to any of the reported outages. Crews have been spotted in Mineola on Thursday, however.
The nearest crew assigned according to the map is in the area of Hillside Avenue and Herricks Road.
According to LIPA, a total of 4,996 customers in Mineola were still without electricity, down from , a figure that had remained unchanged all day. In Williston Park 7,614, are powerless, a increase from 6,714 reported Thursday. East Williston has 1,787 customers affected, unchanged since Tuesday night, while 142 homes in Albertson are without electricity, unchanged since Wednesday night.
To report an outage to LIPA, call 1-800-490-0075 or text 'REG' to 695472 (myLIPA) and then 'OUT.' For more important emergency contacts, tips and links, click here.
In a statement released Sunday, LIPA told customers to expect heavy rain, flooding, and winds in excess of 50 miles per hour through the night that are likely to cause trees and branches to pull down power lines. The company urged customers to "prepare and plan for power outages, which based on the current track could last between 7 to 10 days."
The utility company also reminded customers to:
- Never touch or go near fallen wires, even if you think they are safe. Parents can use this opportunity to remind children that wires are dangerous. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with a downed wire, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
- Make sure you have a working, battery powered radio or TV and a good supply of fresh replacement batteries.
- Have flashlights available for all family members.
- If an electric pump supplies your water, fill spare food-grade containers with water for cooking and washing in anticipation of a possible power interruption.
- Make sure all motor driven equipment, such as garage door openers, can be operated manually.
- When using a portable generator, make sure all LIPA-powered equipment is disconnected. This will avoid severe hazards when reconnecting the power to your home or business.
- Have a first aid kit at home and check its contents to make sure they are complete and up to date. If you have family members with special medical needs, such as insulin or other prescription drugs, check to make sure you have an adequate supply.
- Do not use charcoal to cook indoors; deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate in your home.
- If you have an elderly neighbor, be a Good Samaritan and check on his or her status. Even a quick telephone call during a storm can provide much appreciated assurance that help is nearby if needed.
- Should an electric power interruption occur, all sensitive equipment, such as computers and TVs should be disconnected until service is restored
While LIPA does not provide generators to customers, if you have a generator we remind you to use it safely.