Feeling the heat

Photo courtesy of Islip Town

Feeling the heat

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
7/25/2019


ISLIP TOWN—The most recent heat wave that struck the East Coast, along with a significant portion of the country, left tens of thousands of Long Islanders without power, according to officials. 

Temperatures reached into the high 90s, while the humidity made it feel like 110 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Long Island MacArthur Airport reported a high of 99 degrees on Sunday, according to reports. 

This, however, didn’t break the Long Island record for July 21. The date’s all time high, 91, hit in 1991. The hottest day on record for Long Island was July 3, 1966, which reached 104 degrees, reports add.  

PSEG Long Island reported that as of Saturday, more than 27,000 out of its 1.1 million customers across Long Island and the Rockaways lost power due to the heat. 

The energy provider reported the next day that over 24,000 of those customers had their power restored. More recent reports, from Tuesday, say that just below 3,000 still had no power. 

“Crews have been working 16-hour shifts in grueling conditions to ensure any customers affected by an outage have power restored safely and as quickly as possible,” PSEG Long Island wrote in a statement, adding that most customers were restored in an average of two hours or less. 

Caroline Smith, a spokesperson for Islip Town, said all the town’s beaches and pool hours were extended throughout the heat wave. 

Smith added that the town supervisor Angie Carpenter was also in touch with PSEG officials to “stay in the loop” about any outages that may have occurred. She also noted that the Town of Islip harbormasters are patrolling town waterways, enforcing safe boating practices throughout the summer.  

Southside Hospital, in Bay Shore, said 15 patients were treated for heat-related illnesses over the weekend, which include dehydration, heat exhaustion, palpitations and shortness of breath. 

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, in West Islip, treated approximately 20 people for the same issues this past weekend, according to the chairman of emergency medicine, Christopher Raio, MD. 

“In most cases, people were either working outside or at the beach,” Raio wrote in a statement. “There were also a few cases of elderly residents at home with no air conditioning.”

The heat eventually let up Sunday night, while some heavy rain followed Monday night into Tuesday, which saw temperatures in the low 70s. 

At least six deaths throughout the country are being blamed on the brutal heat, according to reports. Four people died in Maryland, while the others died in Arizona and Arkansas. 

Several events were also cancelled in New York City, including OZY Fest and the NYC Triathlon, which ended up donating more than 12 tons, or 1,900 gallons, of unused water and Gatorade to New Yorkers during the heat wave, reports add. 

This was the first time that the triathlon has ever been cancelled.