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Question of the Day: Power Outages

How are you dealing with the power outages?

As of 11 a.m., 7,813 LIPA customers in Glen Cove were without power, according to LIPA's Outage Map.

How long have you been out of power? What do you plan to do? Do you have a generator? How much are you losing by not having power? Any medical risks involved? Tell us in the comments.

Dee August 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM
By the way, we lost power Sunday @ 4am & are still waiting for restoration. Both refrigerators have defrosted-who pays for that? Oh, that's right - we do & our taxes are due in September. Hmmm...can I deduct it from my taxes?
Elena DiMarco August 30, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. Please let us know when your power returns!
Frances August 31, 2011 at 05:11 PM
I have been without power since 5am Saturday morning. We thought we were prepaired ex. Hurricane lamps, raising refrigerator temperature, and charging everything that we could ex. Nook,cell phones, ipads. We have been Barbacuing and eating salads. Now that we have gotten tired of doing that we have spent more money than I'd like to admit on fast food, when we could get it. I do think that we should try to have some committees to check on the elderly. Elena did not answer Dees question about who pays for our food losses, our lack of sleep, our total stress levels If any one needs me to check up on someone that is near the Shore Crest area please e-mail me at feels74@hotmail.com. I work in Queens but would be willing to help.
Marc Rosen August 31, 2011 at 05:16 PM
As far as your power loss goes, you only get charged for the power you actually get and use. That means that you're being "compensated" through a lower electric bill this coming billing cycle. Sleep loss and stress have always been a matter of personal responsibility. Why would a natural disaster change that? There are resources you can make use of, such as sleep aids, psychotherapy, stress balls, EXERCISE, and LIBRARIES, all of which can help you with some of the effects you're feeling, some of which might not even cost you a dime!
Marc Rosen August 31, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Oh, and in case you're wondering, my house has been without power since 1 AM Sunday morning, and I STILL don't have power. Dad and I had to throw out the eggs, and I had to educate him on what he should and should not keep from the fridge and freezer to put in the cooler. I don't see any of it as something to bitch and moan about. This was a natural disaster. Hell, the lines DO run underground in my neighborhood, and we STILL lost power, while the areas with ABOVE-GROUND lines got it back first! Honestly, I really am not concerned all that much. We still have hot water, somehow (probably because of the tank). We can still cook, thanks to the gas stove (though we may need to get another lighter and more matches). We still have running water altogether (there's been no problems with that)! You need to get over yourselves a bit.

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