NEW YORK (AP) – A storm with winds gusts of more than 50 miles per hour knocked out power Saturday to nearly a quarter-million people in the city and its suburbs.

The worst problems were on Long Island, where 78,683 customers – about 228,000 people – were without power at noon. Long Island Power Authority crews restored electricity to many of those customers, but high winds knocked down additional wires later in the afternoon.

About 7,528 customers were still without power on Long Island at 7 p.m., with the largest outages in North Hempstead and Oyster Bay.

At LaGuardia Airport in Queens, gusts of 51 mph were recorded, while Nassau and Suffolk counties reported gusts of up to 48 mph. In Central Park, the winds hit 43 mph, and the National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for sustained winds of at least 25 mph, with gusts of up to 55 mph.

In Westchester County, about 2,500 customers – roughly 10,000 people – lost power due to the wet and windy weather, said Alfonso Quiroz, a spokesman for Consolidated Edison. About 400 customers in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island also suffered electrical outages, he said.


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