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Jan 4, 2011 5:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Blizzard Blankets East End; Dozens Are Still Without Power

Jan 4, 2011 5:27 PM

Snow stopped falling on Monday afternoon but not before dumping more than a foot across Southampton Town, while dozens of East End residents—including those in East Quogue, Shinnecock Hills, Southampton Village and Montauk—were still without power as of Tuesday afternoon after strong winds took down power lines.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 14 inches of snow fell in Hampton Bays, nearly 13 inches in Sagaponack and about 6.5 inches in Montauk, Snowdrifts of several feet in height had also been reported.

Hundreds of homeowners across the South Fork, including nearly 200 in Hampton Bays and another 150 in Montauk, were without power early Monday morning. An estimated 650 Hampton Bays residents were without power Sunday evening but most of those outages had been repaired by midnight.

On Monday, scattered outages remained in Speonk, Westhampton, East Quogue, Shinnecock Hills, North Sea, Southampton Village, Sagaponack and Montauk. As of Tuesday afternoon, 137 housholds in Southampton Town remained without power, most in East Quogue and Bridgehampton, and 23 were still without power in East Hampton Town. The majority of those houses were expected to have power restored by late Tuesday afternoon, according to Mark Gross, LIPA’s director of communications.

“We have crews out in full force,” he said. “They’ve been working around the clock to get power restored to all our customers as soon as possible.”

Southampton Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays operated on emergency generators most of the day on Monday, according to Sergeant Herbert Johnson.

Tuckahoe Road, which was closed most of Monday due to icy conditions, reopened at around 5 p.m. and Southampton Town Highway Department crews were set to sand it again at 6:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Johnson.

Thirty-one car accidents were reported throughout Southampton Town since the blizzard started on Sunday, with 28 occurring Sunday, according to police.

“Most of the accidents we get on slippery roads are low-speed,” Sgt. Johnson said. “They lose control of their cars. It’s usually fender benders, and almost all of them were no injury.”

Both Southampton and East Hampton town halls were closed on Monday due to poor road and visibility conditions, but reopened on Tuesday.

The Long Island Rail Road suspended train service in both directions on Sunday and most of Monday. It began offering limited service eastbound from Penn Station, on the Port Washington branch only, as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.

“The LIRR is continuing efforts to restore service on additional branches when it is safe to do so,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website states. “However, impacted snow and ice above the third rail and frozen switches remains a significant issue. Crews will continue to work around the clock to restore service.”

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Got home from work, shoveled out the first few inches, and salted.

Magnesium Sulfate is good salt.

Now, just wating for the morning light to come...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 26, 10 6:58 PM
LIRR has shut down.www.mta.info
By olddiesel (8), southampton on Dec 26, 10 10:22 PM
Really sick and fed up with this global warming , Enough already I wish AL Gore had a clue and was not just trying to sell a book and get a college girl in the sack.75 degree winters would be a dream come true for me.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 2:23 AM
Global warming and weather are different.

Just because the Earth's overall temperature may increase, doesn't mean weather patterns like the one that just happened won't occur.

My two cents.
By ToolJob (3), Hampton Bays on Dec 27, 10 7:56 AM
Hey, there are TWO people in the world who think that global warming is imaginary, and they're BOTH named Joe!
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Dec 27, 10 10:11 AM
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It's climate change, not just global warming, which means lower lows, higher high temps, and more extreme weather. None of it has anything to do with politics, unless you get all your facts from Fox news.
By phillyfisherman (1), Philadelphia on Dec 27, 10 10:24 AM
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Joe, of all of the completely ignorant, thoughtless, and downright childish statements you've ever made, this one is the most laughable. "It can't be getting warmer cuz it done snowed!"

Yeah, let's celebrate the end of life on the planet by enjoying a nice 75 degree winter. Anti-intellectualism is one thing, but reveling in stupidity is quite another.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Dec 27, 10 10:46 AM
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Let's see now, as I recall, the exact temperature of a glass of ice water is 32 degrees. Now, with polar Ice cap retreat, and plenty of 32 degree, or colder water, well, with no sunlight that just may have an effect on air temperature. Ask Europe about the effect open water has on climate. The place should be a deep freeze, but it's not.

Some nice frigid air from the north, and a warmer than usual tropic leads to some nice Gulf effect snow. Not to be confused with lake effect snow, ...more
Dec 27, 10 12:05 PM appended by Mr. Z
I would keep my eye on the melting tundra, as well as the sea floor. Those are the two greatest repositories of methane on the planet. Methane is sort of the "forgotten gas". If you want to really see effect/prediction, combine, and correlate the amounts of BOTH concentrations in the atmosphere, relative to temperature. Also, leave out city, and dense urban temperature measurements. They are a flaw in the model, due to density. They have no validity, because dense urban areas generate, collect, and release heat. Haven't you ever wondered why it's colder in the Barrens, than in town?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 12:05 PM
Z - If these boards are any indication, there will never be a shortage of either hot air or methane.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Dec 27, 10 1:35 PM
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It was an attempt at humor... but your head is so far up the NYT that you could not laugh. "The brain washing the breadth of insight" What Z speaks of is actually a real concern as Methane gas is released it has a chain reaction effect and could cause the planet to warm rather quickly.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 1:53 PM
But what is NOT known is why temps are raising and more likely a natural cycle like we have seen on this planet time and time again over the last 4 billion years before my Escalade was on the road
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 1:55 PM
Of course the Earth has cycles...but don't tell me humans haven't contributed to global warming, that's just stupid.

The sun has a lot to do with the Earth's climate, but that doesn't mean the human species should not try to limit its output of chemicals/pollution into the atmosphere.

In my world it doesn't not sure about yours though...?

By ToolJob (3), Hampton Bays on Dec 27, 10 2:42 PM
I belive this is the link Hat Head is talking about
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 4:48 PM
Just like a liberal, anyone who disagrees with you must be stupid! The facts are that global warming is blown way out of proportion by you tree huggers! If you scare enough people you will get to ruin the economy.
By Walt (292), Southampton on Dec 31, 10 7:18 PM
Its not global warming-its just a normal winter snow storm. Get over it Joe.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Dec 27, 10 7:55 AM
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My power went out last night and I'm blaming squarely on George Bush

By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Dec 27, 10 10:42 AM
Just pay your bill, it'll come back on.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Dec 27, 10 1:37 PM
Your power went out because there was a winter blizzard.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Dec 27, 10 11:04 AM
finally some "shovel ready" jobs that Obamanut promised.
By uncleronk (136), southold on Dec 27, 10 11:22 AM
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Snowed in all day and that's the best you can come up with? I love how every wingnut posting here uses an American flag in their avatar as if that is proof of their patriotism. Loonies abound.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Dec 27, 10 11:50 AM
Come over, I'm tubbing out the sled trails.

Not exactly a high speed thrill ride, but let's pack it down, and pave it proper...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 12:23 PM
Seems better than a Rorschach avatar for a steming pile of *&^%
By They call me (2826), southampton on Dec 27, 10 2:14 PM
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To they call me bagger, Hah! Looks like I touched a nerve! That's one thing I'll say about the ignorant, they defend their own - mediocrity sees nothing higher than itself
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Dec 28, 10 11:13 AM
I'm goin' sled ridin'.

Where's my Blackberry?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 12:07 PM
Anyone else beside us see the spectacular turquoise light arcing up high up into the sky from south Bridgehampton last night about 5:30 ? The light's reflection off the snow flakes amplified it so that it filled almost the entire southern sky. Seemed to come from down by the beach. Guess some transformer blew big time.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Dec 27, 10 12:38 PM
Well according to 51 it was the poles shifting and most likely the northern lights lol
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 1:06 PM
Well, the poles are actually overdue to swap.

The further the moon's orbit becomes, the more "stable" our planet becomes.

Why do you think Mars is magnetically DEAD?

It has not a sufficient moon, to keep it's core tidally active.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 5:57 PM
can you folks read an article about a snowstorm without turning it into a political rant good for another 200-300 dopey comments
By ghostofxmaspast (32), North Haven on Dec 27, 10 1:34 PM
Even though the earth seems to be going through climate change at the moment the truth is it has been since the beginning of time. The sun has been proven to have more of an effect on global warming than green house gas. None of you have any conclusive evidence at this point that emissions are the cause.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 1:42 PM
On the contrary , What we do have is proof of a scam orchestrated be the so called "Scientists" who where left in charge. Just one more tool in the progressive bag to get control over the people through big government . Just say no to Cap and Trade.....If you know whats good for you.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 1:42 PM
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By the way, joe, petroleum is a carcinogen.

Something I'm confident the majority of us could do without.

Let's see, what do we use petroleum for?

Gas, diesel, plastics, kerosene, asphalt, chemical fertilizers, and even pharmaceutical drugs for starters. Yeah, we need no substitute for the stuff.

You never cease to amaze me with your ten day view of the world...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 2:03 PM
No cap and trade = boom and bust by the irresponsible.

No regulation = depression/recession.

joe stands on a soapbox, from which he has benefitted from gross, fiscal negligence.

If you don't possess that soapbox, I'd guess you are rather pi$$ed off right now...
Dec 27, 10 1:47 PM appended by Mr. Z
I guess the options are as follows: NO speed limits, massive wrecks. Sane limits, steady growth, without avarice, greed, and senseless waste in pursuit of the New God, The Almighty Dollar...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 1:47 PM
I rest my case
Dec 27, 10 1:57 PM appended by joe hampton
Bitter grape withering on a vine of envy ...Besides I thought you went sleding
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 1:57 PM
Just came in to warm up, and checked in.

Wow, and I thought only joe was that presumptious...
Dec 27, 10 2:04 PM appended by Mr. Z
I see you are a lost cause, drunken, and rotting on the vine of your "success", while your neighbor's children seek shelter from the goodwill of others.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 2:04 PM
I teach my children the importance of giving, while at the same time teaching them it is their choice of what to give and who receives their donation. But as an adult there will be a portion of their income taken and used for purposes they may not agree with or support.
A choice will be made for them by politicians and bureaucrats who believe that “you are your brother's keeper.” That, as Karl Marx said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 2:21 PM
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Damnit, Phil...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 5:50 PM
Remember joe, there genuinely are those who are "short" on ability.

That deems they live in poverty, because they were not born equal?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 5:55 PM
and they should be helped to live a life of some dignity but that is not up to the feds to distribute It is up to the church or individuals that know that person. If that is not available than a local charity
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 7:26 PM
While the politician chooses to redistribute income, “your brother” may not be able to hold a job because he chooses to use drugs. Or, "your sister" may choose to have multiple children without the ability to support their needs.
This notion that a certain group has a "right" to the property or labor of another group is similar to a system we had years ago: it was called slavery. Though the name has changed, and the current system is nowhere as extreme, the concept is the same.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 2:22 PM
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When did we not say the system is not broken?

You can't understand, because you are not one of the people who work rather hard, but just can't seem to "make it".

Maybe you've never really had a major health, or physical setback in your life? Doesn't sound like it from here.

Maybe you should read Frederick Douglass, before you use slavery as a comparison. I think my ancestors were enslaved by the Romans. Maybe I should sue the Italians? Don't dredge filth, to defend ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 6:19 PM
This is not an argument against compassionate giving, it's an argument in favor of personal choice.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 2:22 PM
I am for a free and evenly superior education for everyone k through 12. After that you are an adult and should be allowed the same rewards and responsibility's as the rest of us. Voting, drinking and carrying a student loan if you wish. As far as the rest... Correct I am for the right of the child to live, and not with the convenience to the mother or her career. And last I do not care what goes on in your bedroom. How about this snow huh?
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 4:00 PM
I do not want to make choices for anyone, Anymore than I want to be responsible for your bad ones. If a person truly needs assistance on a local level the church or private charities will not let them starve.
You seem to think they should also get a Play station with that meal.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 4:05 PM
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And Now I will also go out to play with the kids in the snow.Happy Ghostofxmaspast ? lol
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 2:27 PM
The most ridiculous, self important, trolling, off topic commentators on the net. Every single darn article eventually degenerates into a poolitical diatribe.

And JoeHampton... please go stuff yourself!
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Dec 27, 10 2:39 PM
A private charity is more likely to provide short-term assistance (safety net) than long-term dependence (way of life).
Government agencies are bogged down in regulations and red tape. Churches and religion based charities have a history of success in dealing with the problems that often lead to poverty. While the War On Poverty has a history of failure.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Dec 27, 10 3:46 PM
The view that helping people is the job of government results in subsidizing irresponsibility and poor choices, government dependence, and a decline of compassion-based voluntary giving.
We can't afford, financially or moraly, to raise another generation that believes government can and will make better choices than the individual.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Dec 27, 10 3:46 PM
I've watched our government make more than rather poor choices in thirty years, mostly for the benefit of their "friends", or special interests.

Just remember, civilization requires not only rules, and regulations, but a social conscience as well.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 6:05 PM
Nice to have snow - especially if it hides the leaves not picked up - I hope this snowfall is not going to be the norm on how our new highway super plows - the roads in the town are terrible - Just get the leaves first!!!
By sfpro (22), Southampton on Dec 27, 10 4:36 PM
Just watched an eight yard snow plow full of sand get stuck on its first trip down the road out front. Hard to tell if it was liberal or conservative.
By Scuppernong (2), Hampton Bays on Dec 27, 10 4:56 PM
Hey 51, Go to You Tube and put in Global Warming Hoax parts 1 through 11 if your Intellectualism will allow you to break rank with Bill Nye and Carol M. Browner for just a moment.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 27, 10 5:03 PM
...then put in "melting glaciers" if you have another three hours to kill.
By Scuppernong (2), Hampton Bays on Dec 27, 10 5:09 PM
Most likely, a combination of both, on various levels.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 27, 10 6:36 PM
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You ignore science.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Dec 28, 10 11:13 AM

One can not ignore the facts...the debate over global warming has resulted in a measurable increase of hot air
By loading... (601), quiogue on Dec 31, 10 2:17 PM
Why is it that the baggers refused to admit that man has a hand in rising temperatures? I will never understand it. Do they feel guilty? Why is the warming of the planet considered a "liberal lie" when science tells us otherwise? Or are they just a bunch of ignorant dittoheads incapable of rational thought?
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Dec 28, 10 11:15 AM
"Why is it that the baggers refused to admit that man has a hand in rising temperatures?"

And that man is George W. Bush. No question about it. He caused that tsunami a couple of years ago and that bad earthquake in, you know, in Mexico last year or where ever it was or is or will be.
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Dec 28, 10 2:14 PM
Razza, Looks like no one is buying what your selling anymore so get in your prius and go collect some sticks and mushrooms to bring back to your saltbox in the woods of Sag Harbor before Fresh Air comes on NPR
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 28, 10 6:32 PM
How ridiculous of small-minded conservatives like Joe to equate climate change with "liberal propaganda" The teaparty and the far right has brought a plague of ignorance that is destroying political discourse and policy like a cancer. The only cure is truth. Overwhelm them with truth.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Dec 30, 10 1:26 PM
Yeah, as if they could have gotten a single dittohead teabagger to join them on the vote now that you have to have a super majority for everything. Captn Un-America, you are an unwitting tool of the oil companies - scratch that - you are a willing tool of the oil companies
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Dec 30, 10 8:02 PM
To say we have no impact is ludicrous.

To say we are the sole, root cause, is even more so.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 28, 10 10:57 PM
Welcome back progress how was your holiday . Can you believe all this snow! funny the forecast was for un seasonably mild for the next 1500 years
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 30, 10 2:31 PM
i believe we should reduce our dependence on foreign oil not for global warming but for our own national security. cap and trade is a very bad idea. it will crush our economy. Why is mars atmosphere warming? last time i check no one lives there
By fish sticks (53), hampton bays on Dec 30, 10 6:54 PM
"Why is mars atmosphere warming? last time i check no one lives there "

How'd ya check?

Whadja do, a fly-by?

By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Dec 30, 10 7:55 PM
Everytime I hear someone defend global warming, they are not very convincing and dont have enough proof to back their argument. Just me maybe...My thought is we are just on a cycle. This land was covered in ice that melted years before industrialization take that into consideration.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Dec 30, 10 7:29 PM
"This land was covered in ice that melted years before industrialization..........."

My land right now is covered by ice and it's long after industrialization

Bluto, My advice to you is to drink heavily..........

By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Dec 30, 10 7:58 PM
That's snow no ice! There is a difference
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Dec 31, 10 3:00 AM
snow, ice, call it what you wahnt , it stinks.
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Dec 31, 10 9:41 PM
Since we are so askew anyway, I really did like this "Letter to the Editor" I read recently.


"Less Than Insane"

Dear Rick,

We keep hearing the same sing-song from the advocates of extending Bush's 2001 tax cuts for the wealthy. They claim repealing it would not only hinder job growth but would lead to further economic distress. Unbelievable testament to warped logic. Since that infamous tax cut our country has been in a downward spiral; jobs have ...more
Dec 30, 10 8:39 PM appended by Mr. Z
Here's hoping maybe this year, will be better than the last...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 30, 10 8:39 PM
Did you all see this. Typical and what is wrong with this country.....
Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts -- a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, and resulting in at least one death.Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 31, 10 1:41 AM
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because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.
"They wanted to send a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important," said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot. Disgusting absolutely disgusting I would fire everyone responsible and maybe even charge ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 31, 10 1:44 AM
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FIRE them, disband all public unions.
Unions have become a disease needing eradication
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Dec 31, 10 4:56 AM
Blizzard??? Really Blizzard??? Come on, people.... everyone is so dramatic form the weathermen to the newscasters. I can't wait til we get hit with a real Bizzard!!!
The East End got some snow.... yes, but no Blizzard!
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Dec 31, 10 3:05 AM
Wind+Snow= Blizzard....Snow Drifts as high as the machines that removed them
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Dec 31, 10 7:35 AM
Good job by the SH Town Highway Dept. plowing the snow IMO, and especially for getting up the snow fences on Scuttle Hole Road in BH and elsewhere. Compared to the big snow last December, the snow fences made a huge difference in keeping the major drifting off the road shoulders.

Well done all around.

Happy New Year!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Dec 31, 10 11:43 AM
I agree...For the amount of man power and outdated machinery the high. dept. really stepped up and did a great job.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Dec 31, 10 4:41 PM
The Highway Dept. did a commendable job with the snow, too bad they haven't touched the LEAVES yet!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 1, 11 12:50 PM
Ain't it the truth???!

What a mess it is under those uncollected leaves.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Jan 2, 11 2:12 PM
With all this snow my Estate & Property Manager made it appear like it hadn't even snowed on my property. Call John from JVN if you need a good manager or caretaking services - he's the best!
By EstateManager (1), Shirely on Jan 1, 11 5:50 PM