Update, 12:19 p.m.: The number of those still without power in Southold is now 1,803, according to the PSEG outage map.
Original story: Those still without power following yesterday’s severe thunderstorms may have to wait until late tonight before the lights are up and running again.
According to PSEG’s outage map, more than 2,000 customers are still without power this morning in the Southold Township. Estimated restoration time for those customers is not until 11 p.m. tonight, according to the utility.
While no official cooling stations have been set up, Southold Town officials said residents without power or air conditioning can go to the Human Resources building in Mattituck or to local libraries, to cool off and charge up.
The powerful thunderstorms that rolled across Long Island Tuesday morning hit the North Fork “especially hard,” according to Kristina Pappas, PSEG spokesperson.
“Southold was one of the hardest hit areas,” Pappas said this morning. “We have crews out all day, and they’re working to restore everything as quickly and safely as possible.”
Restoring power to affected areas has required the removal of “very large debris,” complicating restoration efforts, said PSEG Long Island president David Daly in a conference call yesterday.
The most outages are being reported in the hamlets of Southold (1,269), Cutchogue (565) and Peconic (269).