20.2% of Riverhead area still without power Wednesday

VERA CHINESE PHOTO | LIPA workers repair a wire on Main Road in Jamesport Tuesday afternoon. Many residents complained that sightings of LIPA vehicles were few and far between on the North Fork after Tropical Storm Irene left more than half the population without power.

About 20 percent of households and businesses in the Riverhead area, including parts of Southampton, were still without power Wednesday morning, down from 26 percent at noon Tuesday, according to Long Island Power Authority figures.

This comes three days after the worst of Tropical Storm Irene swept across Long Island Sunday morning.

Calverton still leads the way for power outages in Riverhead Town, with 44 percent of households and businesses having no power, and in Wading River, 40 percent of people were powerless as of 10:30 a.m., according to LIPA’s power outage map, which is continually updated.

The hamlets of Riverhead, Northville, Aquebogue, Jamesport and Riverside in Riverhead Town, and Flanders, Riverside and Northampton in neighboring Southampton were faring much better, according to the LIPA figures, though some residences have reported much of Jamesport is still disconnected from the power grid. LIPA figures for Jamesport as of noon reported 64 power outages out of 1,350 customers.

LIPA will host a press conference today at 11:30 a.m.

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