Fast-Moving Storm Disrupts Peninsula Power, Roads
A fast-moving storm that brought heavy rain and 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts disrupted life on the Rockaway peninsula on Wednesday morning, knocking out power at a number of locations and pushing trees and poles onto local streets.
According to Michael Lowndes, a spokesman for the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), eight Rockaway homes lost power as the storm plowed over the peninsula at about 8:17 a.m., the height of the storm. Police sources say, however, that there were short outages at some apartment buildings as well, including the Roy Reuther Houses on Beach 6 Street. There were a number of single-dwelling outages in Belle Harbor and Neponsit as well, with the main cluster of outages around Edgemere Boulevard, according to Lowndes.
In all, 35,000 LIPA customers on Long Island were without power after the storm came through.