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(Reuters) - The New York State-owned Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) expects to restore power by the end of Tuesday to most of the remaining 75,000 homes and businesses still without service two weeks after Hurricane Sandy battered the region.
Sandy hit LIPA harder than any other power company, knocking out more than 1 million of its 1.1 million customers, while a nor'easter last week knocked out 123,000 more customers - thousands of whom had had their power restored after Sandy.
LIPA, meanwhile, said it could not restore power to about 17,500 homes and businesses in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island and 37,500 in the Rockaways in New York City because severe flooding from Sandy damaged electrical panels, wires, outlets and appliances, making it unsafe to restore service.
The utility said these property owners must hire a licensed electrician to repair the water damage and produce an electrical inspection certificate before it can restore power.