Updated , with photo by Michael Koch.
Power outages were reported Wednesday night in Huntington, Huntington Station, Asharoken, Greenlawn, Eaton’s Neck and Commack. PSEG-LI said power was expected to be restored by Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a watch for severe thunderstorms that could bring high winds and heavy rain, which expired at 10 p.m.
The thunderstorm followed the arrival of a widespread heat wave expected to hit the eastern states from now through early next week. The National Weather Service said there is also a chance of damaging wind gusts from the remainder of post-tropical storm Barry.
Long Island Cares has put together a list of cooling centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Excessive heat and humidity are increasingly likely on Saturday, and possibly again on Sunday with high temperatures ranging from the mid 90s to around 100 along with maximum heat index values between 105 and 110.
And the Huntington Community First Aid Squad provided some tips on heat-related health problems.
Town buildings open for people seeking relief from the heat:
Town of Huntington Senior Center
423 Park Avenue, Huntington,
Monday–Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Town of Huntington Senior Beach House
239 Little Neck Road
Beach House: (631) 261-9186
Cottage: (631) 261-1058
SUMMER HOURS: June, July and August
Monday-Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Town of Huntington Dix Hills Ice Rink
575 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Saturday-Thursday 6am to 8pm
Friday 6am to 10:30 pm
Meanwhile, PSEG Long Island said Wednesday that it is prepared for the extreme heat and encourages its customers to be ready as well.
The utility said it expects to have enough electric capacity to meet customer demand for the high temperatures and high humidity. It is planning to activate its voluntary Smart Savers Thermostat program to reduce loading on the system, which helps create future savings for customers.
“Implementing the voluntary program will potentially reduce load requirements by lowering the peak demand on some of the hottest days,” said Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewable energy for PSEG Long Island. “This will help generate savings for customers in the future.”
The Smart Savers Thermostat program saves participants money this year and potentially lowers customers’ bills next summer. PSEG Long Island must purchase power in advance, basing the amount on load forecasts and state-mandated capacity requirements that incorporate peak-usage levels from previous years. By reducing peak usage this year, the company lowers the amount of power that must be purchased in advance for next summer.
High temperatures and high electric demand can sometimes cause scattered heat-related outages. PSEG Long Island has significant resources available and will address outages as quickly and safely as possible. Customers who experience an outage should call 1-800-490-0075.
- To report and receive status updates on an outage Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or to report an outage online visit www.psegliny.com.
- To report an outage or downed wire call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075.
- Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter to report an outage and for updates before, during and after any major weather event
- Visit PSEG Long Island’s outage map to view outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways at https://outagemap.psegliny.com/
The HCFAS reported the following:
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
- Heavy sweating
- Cool, pale, clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Possible muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Move person to a cooler environment
- Lay person down and loosen clothing
- Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible
- Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
- Offer sips of water
- If person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
- Altered mental state
- One or more of the following symptons: throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
- Body temperature above 103°F
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Faints, loses consciousness
- Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.
- Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment.
- Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath.
- Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can make you hotter at higher temperatures.
- Do NOT give fluids
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provided this information about temperatures inside cars.