Long Island cleans up after 'bomb cyclone' brings down trees
Strong winds and wet weather across Long Island Wednesday were the result of a bomb cyclone, according to News 12 meteorologists.
The term comes from the meteorological term of 'bombogenesis' - a pressure drop of 24mb (millibars) or greater within a 24-hour period. Simply put, the storm rapidly intensified with the large drop in pressure attributing to the high winds even after the storm has passed.
Workers and residents have been cleaning up communities across Long Island after wet weather and powerful winds uprooted trees and knocked out power.
One of the hardest hit areas was Levittown. Homeowners say it was a scary scene Wednesday night when whipping winds knocked down a tree in the backyard of a home on Springtime Lane East. The tree then took out a utility pole and ripped power lines right from the house. Rick and Cathy Lara say thank goodness that no one was hurt and that the tree didn't hit their house.
PSEG says between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, 59,000 customers lost power. They say the majority of the calls were for trees down on wires, but there were also many calls for broken utility poles.
While the Laras' house was spared, in North Patchogue one homeowner was not so lucky. A similar incident also happened in Center Moriches. In all cases, no one was injured.
PSEG says it received between 40 and 60 new calls an hour today.
Anyone still without power can call PSEG at 1-800-490-0075. You can also text the word "out" to PSEG if you're registered for the utility's text program.