On the North Fork, this nor’easter was no Irene

Remember Hurricane Irene over the summer? As storms go, the nor’easter was a simple blowhard.
While it did snow late Saturday and early Sunday on the East End, it didn’t stick or accumulate, and it didn’t come anywhere near the 3-5 inches that the National Weather Service had predicted.
Still, there were some power outages and downed trees reported in the area.
The Long Island Power Authority reported Sunday morning 36 homes without power in Riverhead Town, and 154 homes in Southold Town.
In Riverhead, the bulk of the homes without power were in Wading River, where 32 homes were reported without power.
In Southold Town, there were 89 homes without power in Southold hamlet, 36 in Cutchogue, 26 in Orient Point, and less than five in Laurel.Southold Police reported a quiet night with a few downed limbs on local roadways but no major problems.
“We had about five or six trees come down,” said Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson. There were two trees down in Wading River, one in Aquebogue, one in Riverhead and one on Sound Avenue.
“I didn’t get any calls about flooding so we must be doing good on our drain cleaning campaign,” he said.
Still, he said he was ready for snow.
“We had six trucks all set up and ready to go with the plows on,” he said.
The East End fared much better than other areas with Saturday’s storm.
The Weather Channel reported 2.6 million people without power in the northeast states, and more than an inch of snow was reported in Central Park in New York City.

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