Violent thunderstorms played havoc with the Wednesday evening commute along the North Shore, flooding Northern Boulevard in places, snapping trees and knocking out power.
Power outages were reported from Roslyn east to Oyster Bay as police from Nassau, Old Brookville and Muttontown swarmed 25A to direct traffic at disabled lights and removed widespread debris from trees cracked in half. Limbs littered the roadway, suggesting powerful winds.
Over half of the more than 22,000 outages reported to LIPA are located on the North Shore of Nassau County. Of those, more than 10,000 customers in Oyster Bay, almost 1,500 Syosset and Woodbury homes and 65 Glen Cove customers were without power, according to LIPA's outage map.
By Thursday, Syosset and Glen Cove had less than 50 customers still without power, according to the LIPA outage map. Neighboring communities of Muttontown, Old Brookville, and East Hills however, still had major outages.
LIPA media representatives said lightening strikes and wind caused most of the reported outages. According to @LIPAnews on Twitter, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, and Huntington were hit hardest by the storms and extra crews were dispatched to restore power.
Nassau County Police headed to major intersections around the North Shore to direct traffic. NCPD reported no major storm-related issues on the north shore and that most activity was outage related.
In Glen Cove, the storm , injuring one.