OLD WESTBURY, NY—Bracing for an ice storm.... Crews were taking preventative measures in what could prove to be the worst of the winter for the Long Island Power Authority.
Protecting high voltage lines, by clearing limbs and removing fallen trees a top priority.
PIX 11 caught up with a crew as it cut up a fallen spruce.
"It was laying on a primary wire which is 13 thousand volts." said Foreman Donald DiCostanzo "It might not have fell, then again we might have been back tonight if we didn't do it now."
The weight of accumulating ice on wires and tree limbs could cause major outages.
Unlike preparations for Hurricane Earl, LIPA isn't bringing in crews from outside the region just yet, but was leaving the option open.
"We wanted to see what the availability was in case we experience a large amount of outages." said LIPA spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter.
With the storm expected to pick up intensity overnight and last well into wednesday morning, LIPA is increasing it's own staffing levels.
"we don't want our customers to be without electricity for an inordinate amount of time." said Baird-Streeter.
Donald DiCostanzo and his crew will work throughout the storm.
"it's miserable it can be pretty challenging ya know your cold wet."
If you lose power, call LIPA not only to get a crew out to begin work, but you will get an estimated time the power will be restored, so you'll know how to prepare if your going to be out for a while.