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High Winds Leave Nearly 1,200 in Merrick Without Power

More than 28,000 remain in the dark across Long Island.

This cardinal struggles to keep her balance in the swaying trees Thursday morning. Credit: Jaime Sumersille, Patch Clips
This cardinal struggles to keep her balance in the swaying trees Thursday morning. Credit: Jaime Sumersille, Patch Clips
High winds battered Long Island overnight into Thursday morning, leaving nearly 1,200 Merrick homes and businesses in the dark.

According to the Long Island Power Authority's outage map, 1,153 of Merrick's 12,338 customers are without power. South Merrick is plagued with the most outages. More than 34,000 customers across Long Island are also reported without electricity.

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The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning last night for Long Island. The warning carried over to early Thursday morning. High surf advisory, wind advisory and a hazardous weather outlook are forecast by NWS today for the Merrick area.

From NWS:

Showers likely, mainly before 9 a.m. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 40 by 5pm. Windy, with a west wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Click here to report an outage to LIPA online or call 800-490-0075.

This story was originally posted at 7 a.m. on Jan. 31, 2013 and was last updated at 8:50 a.m.

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