2006-01-20 / Community

Fast-Moving Storm Disrupts Peninsula Power, Roads

By Howard Schwach


There were fallen trees all over the peninsula. This tree fell on Beach 140 Street in Neponsit.There were fallen trees all over the peninsula. This tree fell on Beach 140 Street in Neponsit. 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.


The State Road, the only road in or out of Breezy Point was closed when this telephone and electric pole split in half and threatened to drop on the heavily traveled road. Motorists had to go through Fort Tilden to access their homes.
The State Road, the only road in or out of Breezy Point was closed when this telephone and electric pole split in half and threatened to drop on the heavily traveled road. Motorists had to go through Fort Tilden to access their homes. Construction sites were particularly hard hit by the wind and rain storm. Bricks were ripped from the façade of the new building under construction at Beach 116 Street and the beachfront. 
Construction sites were particularly hard hit by the wind and rain storm. Bricks were ripped from the façade of the new building under construction at Beach 116 Street and the beachfront. This truck was unloading construction mateial off Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach when a gust of wind blew the pallet right off the truck and into the construction fence.
This truck was unloading construction mateial off Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach when a gust of wind blew the pallet right off the truck and into the construction fence.

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