Tuesday, 9:15 a.m. - While the number of Long Islanders without power has reached nearly 1 million Tuesday morning, Kings Park residents haven't seen too much of a spike since Monday afternoon, a Long Island Power Authority outage map shows.
According to the map, just over 3,100 locals are without power, while just over 930,000 system-wide have no lights on.
Monday, 4:45 p.m. - Long Island Power Authority is reporting the number of power outages in Kings Park has jumped up to 2,705 homes, previously at 1,531.
There is a large outage affecting more than 1,000 Kings Parks homes and businesses along West Main Street, according to LIPA's Storm Outage Map. There are multiple smaller outages clustered along Indian Head Road near its intersection with West Main Street and along the eastern boundary of Nissequogue State Park.
LIPA is reporting there are 26,812 outages in the Town of Smithtown, with more than 250,000 across Long Island as of 4:48 p.m. Monday.
The utility company has temporarily suspend above-ground wire repairs, issuing this statement on its website Monday afternoon:
Due to the high sustained wind speeds and localized flooding, work on overhead lines will be delayed for long periods of time until conditions once again become safe for our crews, which based on the current weather forecast, will be Tuesday morning. Ground work restoration will continue as conditions allow.
Monday, 2:30 p.m-
Strong winds ahead of Hurricane Sandy have started causing small power outages to spring up across the Kings Park area.
The Long Island Power Authority is reporting 1,531 customers in Kings Park and 1.022 in Fort Salonga are without power as of 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
According to LIPA's power outage map, 5,379 customers in the Town of Smithtown are without power.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory as Sandy is expected to generate speeds of 30 - 50 mph, with gusts up to 80 - 85 mph. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening.
Experts are advising residents to stay indoors during the storm, away from all windows and doors.