An end of the year blizzard ripping through Port Jefferson is causing trouble for the roads, rails and LIPA. The Long Island Railroad announced it suspended all service, LIPA is experiencing scattered outages and the mayor of Port Jefferson Village announced a state of emergency this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Long Island. Snow and widespread blowing snow is expected with snow heavy at times. They are also saying that some thunder is possible. Temperatures will be around 27 degrees for the low with a north wind between 38 and 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Total snowfall over night is expected to be anywhere from 8 to 12 inches.
The LIRR has announced that because of the blizzard it has suspended passenger service systemwide in both directions and service remains suspended as of 8:00 a.m.
According to LIPA as of 10:00 p.m. about 50 homes in the towns of Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station and Belle Terre are experiencing outage.
"Hazardous road conditions and powerful winds may delay our crews who are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service," said Mark Gross, a LIPA spokesman.
Gross also warned people not to go near any downed power lines if they see them. Instead they should call LIPA at 1-800-490-0075 to report it.
Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant said that Village crews have been out helping to clear snow most of the day.
"We have been out there since noon, and we declared a state of emergency," she said.
She also said that will open at noon on Monday.
Port Jefferson Constable office was unavailable for comment at this time but earlier they had one piece of advice to people.
"Stay home," said an unnamed officer on duty.