The lights went out for approximately 6,000 customers across Southold Town who lost power around 11:10 p.m. last night.
PSEG Long Island media rep Elizabeth Flagler said at 11 p.m last night there was equipment failure with the PSEG substation in Southold. In total, 6,462 customers were affected, but the majority were picked up in under 15 minutes and restored, she said. Some residents reported an outage lasting an hour.
PSEG asked Greenport to turn on their generator to carry some of the load while repairs were made, Flagler said; the generator came on around 1 a.m., she said.
This morning, village officials have asked residents to reduce their power consumption as much as possible, as the village is feeding on a “weak inter-connection” with one generator running to lessen the total customer load.
According to Greenport Trustee Mary Bess Phillips, who posted a message on Facebook last night, PSEG had an issue with their sub-station in Southold. PSEG, she said, placed the village back on grid and requested that the village start generating “to carry some of the load.”
According to PSEG’s power outage map this morning, power was expected to be fully restored by 7:45 a.m. All power was restored by 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Outages were reported in Southold, East Marion, Orient and parts of Greenport.
Greenport Mayor George Hubbard, whose own lights went out, said lights were out in parts of the village for about an hour last night, but the power loss did not stem from the village’s own electric plant, which was “up and running,” he said. “It wasn’t anything to do with us.”
Village of Greenport employees were in contact with Village Administrator Paul Pallas all night and started up engine #4 at 1:45 a.m, which continued running, Phillips said.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said 700 were without power. That number was changed to reflect the accurate number of over 6,000, after PSEG reported the final total to SoutholdLOCAL.