200,000 Remain Without Electricity Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy

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200,000 Remain Without Electricity Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy


Nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the northeast, more than 200,000 in the region still remain without electricity, the Christian Post reports. A shortage of gasoline is compounding the crisis; cars are lining up at stations that are open for business, and officials in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey have implemented gas-rationing systems. The Associated Press reported that hundreds of residents protested outside the Long Island Power Authority, frustrated by its slow response to outages. LIPA has indicated that some of the 130,000 blacked-out homes and businesses it serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday. "LIPA continues to mobilize additional resources, crews and equipment for the significant restoration efforts underway due to the unprecedented damage to its system by Hurricane Sandy and additional damaged from Wednesday's Nor'easter," a news release on LIPA's website said. According to John Bruckner of National Grid, "We currently forecast about 95 percent of those customers impacted by the storm will by restored by end of day Tuesday. We will continue to work tirelessly until all of them are restored."

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