Hurricane Sandy's approach, arrival and departure kept Patch busy since last Friday. As power, and related Internet access, became an issue as Sandy arrived and during her stay, Patch wants to make sure readers didn't miss a thing.
Here's a list of top headlines and news coverage, photo galleries and storm advice and tips over the past five days. For the complete listing of coverage, check out the Patch topic page.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
LIPA: Customers Should Prepare For Possibility of Extended Outages
The power company says it is mobilizing extra crews as Hurricane Sandy nears.
LIRR May Suspend Service Sunday Ahead of Hurricane Sandy
Railroad issues statement on potential shuttering of services starting at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Fire Island National Seashore Gets Ready for Sandy
The federal park agency closes island-based facilities ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
Town of Brookhaven Declares State of Emergency
Acting supervisor issues 6 p.m. closure for town beaches and parks on Sunday.
Suffolk County Opens Emergency Shelters Sunday Morning
County Executive Steve Bellone asks residents to make arrangements in case of heavy flooding.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Kids played at the Foster Beach swings, boats took a ride on calm bay waters Saturday.
Sights of Hurricane Sandy's Imminent Arrival
Stores are boarding up windows, bay waters flood local streets and gas lines are long.
Brookhaven Town Issues Mandatory Evacuation of Low Lying Areas
All homes in Category 1 coastal zone required to vacate; recommended evacuation of Category 2 areas.
Bayport FD is Ready and Advises Residents to be Ready as Well
Assistant Chief provides update on department's activities and insight on where residents can reach out for help.
Fire chief advises members on safety, asks residents to stay put before, during and after Hurricane Sandy leaves.
Islip Issues Mandatory Evacuation Order For Category 1 Storm Surge Zones
Order also includes mobile home parks; shelters open across the Town.
Services suspended as protective measure against impending Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy has Batteries Flying Off Hardware Stores Shelves
Hurricane Sandy's impending arrival has boosted sales of flashlights and power-generating items.
Local School Districts Close as Hurricane Sandy Approaches
Districts make announcement late Sunday afternoon.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Sporadic Electric Outages Between West Sayville and Bayport
Increasing winds are impacting lines and causing outages.
B-BP Elementary School Loses Big Tree in Storm
Academy Elementary school is full of trees and lost one Monday afternoon.
Hurricane Sandy is Already Causing Some Trouble
Trees are down, wires are hanging and yet the U.S. mail is being delivered.
Brookhaven Animal Shelter Closed for Hurricane Sandy
Town orders animal shelter to close until further notice.
Fallen Tree Blocking Candee Avenue in Sayville
Thanks to the Patch reader Karen Montalbine who sent this in to share!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
LIPA: Nearly 80% of LI Without Power as of Tuesday Morning
West Sayville to Blue Point fared better than most Suffolk communities.
Hurricane Sandy Hits Local Sayville Business Hard
Window protection didn't seem to stand up against Sandy's forceful winds Monday night.
Sayville FD on Life Emergency Response as Sandy Finally Arrives
Local fire responders not handling non-life threatening situations as evening arrives and storm surges taking place.
Patch Reader Photos: Sandy's Impact on Lower Sayville
A huge thanks to Natasha Beccaria, Brian Reiss and Robin Cogswell-Graf for sharing these photos of Sayville area.
Roads are congested with gawkers as homeowners begin assessing damage. Here's a look from West Sayville to Blue Point.
Patch Reader Photos: Hurricane Sandy Makes a Dent in Blue Point
Car vs. tree and car rarely wins.
LIRR Service Suspension Continues Wednesday
Commuters left with indefinite restoration period.
County Update: 17 Rescued From Fire Island With 10 Pets
In other county updates, over 1,800 housed in county shelters during height of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy Made Herself Known on Sayville Road
A big thank you to Melissa Hofer for these photos of what Sandy did during her visit.
Reader Photos From Bayport-Blue Point: Trees Took Big Hit From Sandy
Big thanks to Ewa Stankiewicz for sending in these shots from Southern Meadow complex on Montauk Highway in Bayport.