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Tri-state power companies prepare for potential Tropical Storm Hermine damage

NEW YORK — Power companies throughout the tri-state region are preparing potential flooding and gusting winds brought by Tropical Storm Hermine.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for New York City and Long Island as Hermine moves east for Labor Day Weekend.

"The current forecast is showing that Hermine will settle off Long Island and not pass off of Montauk until, possibly, late Wednesday,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution, PSEG Long Island. “Receiving support from off-island utilities and contractors that will work alongside our own highly trained line personnel will allow us to promptly and safely restore power to our customers. All crews will work 16-hour shifts once the restoration efforts begin.”

PSEG Long Island has more than 1,500 line and tree personnel ready to tend to downed trees and power outages.

Con Edison alerted customers Friday that crews will give priority to restoring service lines that brought power to the most customers.

To stay safe during severe weather, PSEG urges customers to never touch, drive over or stand near downed power lines.

Customers in areas where rising water threatens their home should turn off power at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box.

Hermine made landfall Friday morning just south of Tallahassee, Florida as a category 1 hurricane.

Beaches will be closed throughout New York City and Long Island on Sunday and may possibly extend into Labor Day.