Update: Power was restored to most homes. As of Saturday at 12:40 a.m., 95 houses in town were without power.
Customers throughout East Hampton Town are without power on Friday afternoon after apparent heat-related outages. Meanwhile, town officials have opened the for people to beat the heat.
The center, located on Springs-Fireplace Road, is a designated cooling center and will be opened until 9 p.m. tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
According to the Long Island Power Authority Storm Center, 722 customers are experiencing an interruption in service.
The most are in Amagansett, where the number spiked to 340 as of 4:20 p.m. They are mainly located on Further Lane and Skimhampton Road and the Devon neighborhood.
In Wainscott, 240 are without power near Main Street. Ninety-eight are without power in East Hampton, plus 33 in Northwest Woods. There are also 10 without power in Montauk. Springs has just a handful.
Most of the outages were caused from blown fuses or transformers. Crews are either being dispatched or are at the scene, according to Mark Gross with LIPA.
Most should expect to have power back by 7:30 p.m., according to estimates from the power authority.
High temperatures and high electric demand can sometimes cause scattered heat-related outages, according to the Long Island Power Authority.
There was also a report of an accident, where a car took out a pole on Bluff Road near Atlantic Avenue.
In a statement, LIPA said that it has sufficient supply to meet energy demand during the heat wave. They encouraged customers to use electricity efficiently during the heat and high humidity.
Extra crews will be on duty this weekend to respond to heat-related outages.
To use energy efficiently during periods of high heat and humidity, customers should, according to LIPA do the following:
- Put air conditioners on timers, don't let them run when not at home;
- Set air conditioners at 78 degrees;
- Use fans to circulate cool air, which helps cut air conditioner use;
- Set refrigerators and freezers at most efficient temperatures; and
- Run major appliances such as clothes and dishwashers in the morning or late evening to avoid the peak demand hours of 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Customers who experience an outage should call 1-800- 490-0075 or can visit LIPA’s Storm Center website.