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Update: 2010 Blizzard Shuts Down LIRR, Knocks Out Power

Holiday blizzard blowing through the area right now is causing havoc with travel and utilities.

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.

Ben Zilinskas December 27, 2010 at 03:29 PM
Railroad update: Service still suspended as of Monday 9:30 AM. A number of stranded autos on LIRR tracks have hampered recovery.
Lon Cohen December 27, 2010 at 03:31 PM
Thanks for the update!
Peter C. Walsh December 27, 2010 at 04:50 PM
How soon after this blizzard will we hear from Newsday complaining about overtime earned by the railroad employees? Can you imigine spending twelve hours out in this storm fighting the ravages of Mother Nature so that service can be restored to the Island? How many additional hours did it take for these people to dig out and get to work? My hat is off to all of our society's infrastructure employees that head out directly into the storm while the rest of us are urged to stay home and stay warm while they get the job done.


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