*Update: This version of the story includes the number of homes who are still without power as of 4 p.m.
The Nor’easter that hit the east coast cut out power to thousands of homes on Long Island. By 4 p.m. on Thursday, the number of homes without power declined to 348. Earlier in the day, 3,444 homes were without electricity. PSEG Long Island said it had restored power to more than 98% of the homes affected by the storm.
PSEG LI expected to restore power to all homes by the end of the day.
“We expect to restore power to all remaining customers today,” PSEG LI said in a statement.
PSEG added personnel, including tree and line crews, to repair damage and restore outages. The utility had more than 1,300 line workers, tree trimmers, surveyors and other personnel on site to restore power.
“This storm brought down trees and wires throughout our service area,” John O’Connell, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution, PSEG Long Island, said in a statement. “We know that being without power for any length of time is a hardship and we thank our customers for their patience as we work through the damage and difficult conditions to restore their power [as] safely and quickly as possible.”
In an update on the storm, County Executive Steve Bellone (D) described the number of power outages as “good news,” as outages were a “big concern here because of the nature of the storm.” Bellone spoke with reporters at the Department of Public Works in Commack.
“We did not see a significant number of power outages in this storm,” Bellone added.
Bellone suggested that outages may have been lower because some of the limbs and trees that could have come down had already fallen or been removed.
Suffolk County Police Department Chief Stuart Cameron, meanwhile, thanked the Department of Public Works and the police department for working through the night.
As of 8 a.m., Chief Cameron said the county had 171 accidents since 4 p.m. the night before. Police were working on two active crashes, which is lower than they would normally have.
Chief Cameron also wanted to thank many residents of Suffolk County for heeding the advisory and staying off the roads.
Some of the ramps for the Long Island Expressway still had plenty of snow and slush on them. Chief Cameron advised drivers to consider taking the next ramp, if their exit appeared challenging from the conditions.
Chief Cameron also urged residents to give themselves plenty of time to clear their car of snow and ice before they need to leave their homes.
“My car was heavily iced,” Chief Cameron said. “It took me a long time to clean” it off.
Looking at the forecast for Friday, Bellone said the colder temperatures could create conditions for black ice. He urged people to be “careful throughout [Thursday] and into tomorrow as well.”