A wicked evening thunder storm left nearly 3,500 homes on the North Fork without power or dealing with some service loss as of 9 p.m.Monday night, according to the Long Island Power Authority.
LIPA reported that nearly one in six homes in Southold Town was affected by outages as of 9 p.m. for a total of 2,294 customers. An additional 1,196 customers were affected in Riverhead Town.
About 2,o00 of the affected customers appear to be in Peconic.
LIPA said the outages are not expected to be restored until sometime after 10 p.m., and in some areas not until after midnight.
But as of 9:30 p.m. all but 400 of the affected customers had their power restored.
Riverhead fire chief Nick Luparella said the outages are all “storm-related.”
Mr. Luparella also said firefighters responded to an alarm for a transformer fire on Roanoke Avenue and Northern Parkway in Riverhead.
A downed wire was also reported on Church Lane in Aquebogue.
“There are downed trees all over,” he said.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Monday, saying winds could also reach as much as 60 miles per hour.