- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Early morning thunderstorms have left thousands of Long Islanders without electricity.

PSEG Long Island President David Daly told reporters Tuesday it will likely take until Thursday for service to be fully restored.

Crews from New York City, New Jersey and upstate utilities were dispatched to assist with repairs.

More than 70,000 customers lost power. About 20,000 were still without power Tuesday evening.

The storms, which knocked down trees and power lines across a wide swath of the north shore, also caused Long Island Rail Road disruptions.

The LIRR says customers on the Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay branches should expect some cancellations and combined trains during the evening rush hour.

Utility spokesman Jeff Weir said PSEG Long Island has all its crews working.

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