Updated: 7:05 a.m. Strong winds are taking down trees, limbs and poles/power lines from Wading River to Jamesport this morning.
Wind gusts of up to 65 mph will affect Suffolk County this morning through about 8 a.m., the National Weather Service said in a special weather statement issued at 4:30.
Partially downed poles and hanging wires on Sound Shore Road and Penny’s Lane have required police to detour traffic while they await arrival of a utility repair crew. Residents on Sound Shore Road should head east to Pier Avenue, police said this morning. Also downed tree is blocking Pier Avenue north of Smugglers Path. Another downed tree is blocking Remsen Road near North Wading River Road. Residents living off Remsen Road should head towards North Country Road, police said. A wire is down on the sidewalk on Sweezy Avenue between Parkway Street and Osborn Avenue.
Use caution when driving. In case of an emergency, dial 911 or call the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500. Stay safe.
Riverhead Highway Department crews are being dispatched to clear and reopen any town roadways blocked by limbs and trees. Crews must wait for PSEG-LI crews to deal with limbs or trees involving wires.
Riverhead Police remind residents to assume all downed wires are live power lines and stay far away. Report downed wires by calling 911.
Report a power outage by texting OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or by calling 1-800-490-0075. Outages can also be reported online here.
PSEG-Long Island was reporting more than 5,000 customers without power in its service area — Suffolk, Nassau and the Rockaways — as of 6 a.m.. About 70% of those outages were in Suffolk County, according to the utility’s outage map.
In the local area, the utility is reporting outages in Calverton , Manorville, Riverside and central Riverhead affecting a total of more than 330 customers.
Outages are currently concentrated west of William Floyd Parkway.
The National Weather Service said strong wind gusts early this morning will likely continue to cause damage across the region. The winds accompany a strong cold front extending from Northern New Jersey, across Long Island and southeast Connecticut. The cold front pushes through from west to east between 5 and 9 a.m., the weather service said.
A high wind warning remains in effect through 10 a.m.
Editors note: This story was updated with additional information from Riverhead Town Police. It will be further updated if new information is made available.
The survival of local journalism depends on your support.
We are a small family-owned operation. You rely on us to stay informed, and we depend on you to make our work possible. Just a few dollars can help us continue to bring this important service to our community.
Support RiverheadLOCAL today.