KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 6, 2012 – After nearly a week of grueling work to restore power to residents in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania after Hurricane Sandy, Kissimmee Utility Authority crews are now on their way to Long Island, New York to do the same there.
KUA crews were released Monday night by PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown, Penn. where they spent five days assisting with the restoration of power to more than 378,000 customers. This morning, they began their 3-hour trip east to Long Island, New York to assist the Long Island Power Authority with its restoration.
LIPA has nearly one quarter of a million customers still without power in the townships of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Hempstead, Huntington, Islip, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Riverhead, Rockaway Peninsula, Shelter Island, Smithtown, Southampton and Southold.
As if the damage from Hurricane Sandy wasn’t bad enough, a powerful Nor’easter is now poised to produce high winds of 45 mph, some coastal flooding, rain, and even some wet snow for parts of the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday, including Long Island.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent