Long Islanders fume over utility's storm response

FRANK ELTMAN and MICHAEL VIRTANEN
David Mccue stands near the roof to his beach house that was completely demolished by Superstorm Sandy on November 25, 2012 in Ortley Beach, New Jersey.  New Jersey Gov. Christie estimated that Superstorm Sandy cost New Jersey $29.4 billion in damage and economic losses.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — While most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all their customers, the Long Island Power Authority still has thousands of customers in the dark.

The company says the storm was worse than anyone could have imagined. But some say the government-run utility should have seen it coming. It was recently criticized in a withering state report.

LIPA has restored power to more than 1.1 million homes and offices. About 19,000 customers were still waiting for the lights to come back early Tuesday.

The utility says there also are some along Long Island's south shore and Rockaway Peninsula that had water damage to electrical panels and wiring, so their service can't be restored without an inspection and possibly repairs.