Huntington officials are preparing for a significant snowstorm forecast to hit the area Sunday night.
Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and Highway Superintendent Kevin Orelli said Saturday that the town is in “all hands on deck mode,” with workers primed to report for shifts pre-treating main roads with salt, lining up equipment and contractors, and the receipt of 15 more tons of salt. Orelli said the town will have about 300 workers in place to deal with the storm.
Both town officials reminded residents to avoid unnecessary driving and to park cars off the roads so snowplows can operate.
Lupinacci said the town would update its website with storm information, including decisions about the availability of town services and HART buses that could be made early Monday morning.
As of 11 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service was forecasting total snow accumulations from 6 to 12 inches, and winds gusting as high as 45 MPH, starting Sunday night about 10 p.m. with 6 to 12 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
The state has ordered equipment and workers into place on Long Island, including 54 operators, 10 snow plows, two snowblowers, two equipment operator
PSEG-LI suggested that customers:
- Download the PSEG Long Island mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more.
- Report an outage and receive status updates by texting OUT to PSEGLI (773454). Or report an outage through the the utility website at www.psegliny.com/outages or use the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant app on your smartphone.
- To report an outage or downed wire, call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075 or use our web chat feature at www.psegliny.com.
Safety tips from the state:
- Do not drive unless necessary.
- Use caution on bridges as ice can form quicker than on roads.
- If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, a shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, extra warm clothing, set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick energy foods and brightly colored cloth to use as a distress flag.
- If you have a cell phone or other communications device such as a two-way radio available for your use, keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling.