|An empty Long Island Expressway, westbound, near Exit 56 on 2/10/13|
|Lower Sheep Pasture Road in Setauket, looking westbound|
Given the still-hazardous roads, the speed of the power restoration effort was relatively impressive. The LIPA and National Grid team was prepared for the roughly 50,000 outages, with the lights coming back on within 36 hours. Still, it was a cold, dark weekend for many in Nassau and Suffolk, myself included. The awful conditions further delayed essential power restoration efforts. Where LIPA and National Grid succeeded in a quick response given the conditions, the efforts to clear snow across the County failed. We knew this storm event was coming, and that it was going to be bad. The poor execution of street clearance is the product of unexplainable poor planning. With this storm, the system had failed.