Long Island prepares for Hanna

September 4, 2008 3:27:00 PM PDT
Long Island Power Authority brass, as well as elected officials, say they are already making preparations for possible damage if Tropical Storm Hanna makes its way up the East Coast this weekend. LIPA President and CEO Kevin Law says the utility conducts numerous drills during the year and workers are taking steps to begin restoration efforts if any of its 1.1 million customers lose power.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said he will meet with emergency preparedness officials and plans to open the county's Emergency Operations Center in Yaphank late Friday.

Forecasters are still uncertain of Hanna's exact path, but Long Islanders are bracing for torrential rain and winds on Saturday.

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ON THE NET:

Hurricane plans in Suffolk County: http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/Home/departments/firerescue/Office%20of%20Emergency%20Management/Hurricane%20Planning%20and%20Preparation.aspx

Hurricane plans in Nassau County: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/hurricane/prepare.html

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin

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