Five Towns, other South Shore communities regroup after snowstorm

LIRR running again, PSEG Long Island restoring power


After a storm that brought heavy, wet snow to the Five Towns and across Long Island, clean up continues and PSEG Long Island is restoring power.

Roughly 3 inches feel at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the National Weather Service said.

Long Island Rail Road officials also said that full service has been restored after six branches were short circuited Wednesday night into early Thursday morning due to felled wires and trees.

As of 5:30 a.m., PSEG Long Island reported that 26,376 of its nearly 1.1 million customers across Long Island and the Rockaways are currently without service.

As of 5:15 a.m., the utility has restored service to 59,453 of the 85,829 customers affected by the March 7 nor'easter.

Heavy snow and strong winds brought down large trees, branches and wires. Service crews worked through the night and will continue to work in difficult conditions to restore outages as safely and as quickly as possible.

PSEG Long Island officials said additional employees are helping with damage assessment. The restoration process will likely take a few days given the extent of the damage and challenging work conditions.

Village officials in the Five Towns said employees are plowing and shoveling the snow. In Lawrence, crew will be out until unneeded.

Officials from Lawrence and Cedarhurst reiterated the need for residents to keep their cars in their driveways or help to ensure that neighbors on their block park on the same side of the road and refrain from depositing the snow cleared from their driveways into the street the roads, as it will be much easier to clear.

“Our goal is to go curb to curb, but one 18-foot car could will leave a 40-foot stretch of unplowed road around it,” Cedarhurst Mayor Benjamin Weinstock said.

To report and receive status updates on an outage Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or to report an outage online visit To report a downed wire call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 1(800) 490-0075. Go to PSEG Long Island’s outage map to view outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways at