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Oct 30, 2017 10:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Southampton Town Highway Department To Pick Up Storm Debris

A tree crashed through power lines and onto the welcome to Southampton Village sign during the overnight storm.  DANA SHAW
Nov 27, 2017 11:14 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

The Southampton Town Highway Department will be picking up storm-related vegetative debris. Only storm debris will be picked up, not yard clearing, pruning, whole trees, or stumps.

Residents are asked to place storm related debris in a separate pile from leaves. Mixed piles will not be picked up.

All storm debris should be no longer than eight feet in length and three inches in diameter.

Vouchers, may be used for either leaves or storm related debris.

The start date of the Fall Leaf Program will still begin on November 27.

For more information, call 631-702- 2585.

UPDATE: Monday, 2:05 p.m.

PSEG crews have restored power to nearly 3,500 customers out of 6,000 on the South Fork, leaving nearly 2,500 still without power.

According to the PSEG Outage Map, the Town of Southampton had 1,648 customers without power and the Town of East Hampton had 874 customers without power.

The number of customers without power in East Quogue was 254, 342 in Noyac and 226 in Hampton Bays.

PSEG originally posted that power would be restored on the South Fork by 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, but that was been pushed back to 1:45 p.m. on the same day.

UPDATE: Monday 12:05 p.m.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily closed off many of Southampton Township’s water bodies to shellfishing because of the heavy rainfall and storm-water runoff that occurred from Sunday’s storm.

A press release from the DEC said all areas where conditions could make shellfish hazardous for consumption were closed, and will continue to be closed until the water conditions improve.

Areas that were closed off to shellfishing include: Flanders Bay, all Town underwater lands in the creeks, coves and harbors between Red Cedar Point and North Haven Peninsula—including Red Creek Pond, Squire Pond, Cold Spring Pond, North Sea Harbor and Noyac Creek—and all of Moriches Bay, Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and Shinnecock Bay, along with their tributaries.

The DEC said areas will be reopened as soon as tests show the water quality has been determined no longer hazardous.

According to the NWS website, between 2 and 4 inches of rain fell on the East End during the storm.

UPDATE: Monday, 11:35 a.m.

The storm's high winds caused extensive erosion along the oceanfront beaches in Montauk, especially in the chronically eroded area adjacent the hamlet's downtown where the Army Corps of Engineers constructed a sandbag revetment and artificial dune in 2015.

The wind-driven waves washed away portions of the dune in front of the Royal Atlantic hotel, exposing a short section of the revetment.

Storms last fall similarly exposed the sandbags and the Army Corps spent more than $700,000 replacing the sand. Since then, however, responsibility for the project, including the replacement of sand to the artificial dune, has been handed over to Suffolk County and East Hampton Town, as stipulated in the original agreement approving the project. The dune would not have to be restored until after the winter storm season, meaning the sandbags will likely remain exposed through the winter.

Also, downed wires in front of the Stone Creek Inn on Montauk Highway in East Quogue overnight could be to blame for power outages in the area. Images on the East Quogue Fire Department’s Facebook page show the wires being tended to by crew members in the overnight hours.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Nearly 6,000 PSEG customers on the South Fork were without power on Monday morning, after heavy winds with gusts up to 75 mph and steady rain from a low pressure system tore through the area on Sunday and throughout the night.

According to the PSEG Long Island Outage Map, 4,086 out of 48,648 homes and businesses in the Town of Southampton were dark, and were expected to have the power turned on by 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday. In East Hampton, 1,880 out of 24,874 homes and business were without power and were also expected to be back on by 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

PSEG officials said the area experienced a storm with very strong winds for hours, and they have no reason to doubt the numbers on the site were accurate.

On Monday morning, East Quogue showed 1,305 customers without power, North Sea had 1,200 customers without power and Quogue had 1,157 customers without power.

As for the estimated time of power restoration, PSEG officials said the online map system typically defaults to the furthest time out, so customers could potentially see their power turned on before 1:15 a.m., although there is no guarantee.

Jeremy Walsh, an official with PSEG, said the majority of the outages were caused by trees that were downed by the high winds. “We have crews out there working 16-hour shifts to get power restored to our customers as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr. Walsh said.

Quogue School district officials decided to close school on Monday because of a power outage at the school.

“As per recent conversations with the utility company, it is unlikely that power will be restored by the end of the school day today,” a message read on the district’s website.

An official with the National Weather Service in Upton, New York was not surprised by the storm and said the storm met forecast projections. Some areas on Long Island, the NWS official said, experienced gusts up to 75 mph, and Montauk experienced a gust of 67 mph.

According to Brian Ciemnecki, a meteorologist with the NWS, the storm was not a nor'easter and was not the remnants of a tropical system, though it did have some tropical characteristics.

The East End remains under a wind advisory until 2 p.m., with 15-25 mph westerly winds expected, possibly gusting up to 45 mph, and diminishing by the afternoon, according to the NWS website.

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