What to Know
- After dealing with the a day of stifling heat and humidity, severe thunderstorms plagued most of New York City and neighboring counties
- PSEG Long Island says lightning brought down trees and wires, causing outages mostly in the Towns of Islip and Babylon
- More than 40,000 customers on Long Island were without power Friday morning
Strong and gusty storms that rumbled into the city Thursday evening brought a deluge of rain, plenty of thunder, lightning -- and left a trail of downed trees, damage and thousands customers on Long Island with no power.
After dealing with the a day of stifling heat and humidity, severe thunderstorms plagued most of New York City and neighboring counties in New Jersey in the evening, but it appears Long Island may have gotten the worst of the storms. PSEG Long Island says lightning brought down trees and wires, causing outages mostly in the Towns of Islip and Babylon in Suffolk County.
As of 8:30 a.m., the company restored more than 67,000 customers impacted by the storm last night, howeber, PSEG Long Island is reporting that more than 24,000 of its approximately 1.1 million customers across Long Island and the Rockaways are still without service.
Crews have been deployed and are assessing damage and making repairs, the utility company says. They are working to restore critical facilities and outages affecting the largest numbers of customers first.
There were multiple reports of damage across Nassau and Suffolk counties, including a warehouse that had an entire side of the building brought down in the intense winds that pounded the area.
Downed trees blocking roads were also reported as the wind gusts topped 60 mph several times through the night.
Quarter inch-sized hail was also spotted coming down in New Jersey's Morris County.
The intense storms capped off a day that started with intense heat and humidity, following days of similar weather leading up to it.
Temperatures hit the low 90s in parts of the tri-state by early afternoon, as a heat advisory had been in effect but was canceled by Thursday afternoon for the enitre tri-state. Check the latest weather alerts for your neighborhood here.
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