Feds to Public: 1st Free Gas Isn't for You

Lights back on in most of Manhattan, not so elsewhere in region

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2012 11:48 AM CDT | Updated Nov 3, 2012 2:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – A little bit of post-Sandy normalcy is creeping back into New York City and New Jersey, though some areas remain slammed:

  • Free gas: The US military is setting up free fuel-dispensing stations at five spots around New York City, with a 10-gallon limit per person, reports the New York Post—but officials then told the public to stay away until first responders got gas first, the AP reports. With the city's main port reopened, Gov. Cuomo said 8 million gallons had been delivered to New York, and another 28 million gallons were on the way. Meanwhile, gas rationing started today in New Jersey.
  • Power: Most of Manhattan has power again, and 80% of the subways are operating, reports the New York Times. But swaths of Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island remain in the dark. About 1 million homes and businesses are still without electricity in New Jersey, reports NJ.com.
  • Death toll: The US death toll rose to 105, including 41 in New York City, reports AP.
  • Not just here: At the Guardian, Gary Pierre-Pierre reminds all that Sandy slammed the Caribbean, too, though he complains that media coverage was relatively scant.
  • Another storm: It's still in the forecast for the middle of next week for areas still recovering, reports DNA Info. The storm would be no Sandy, but it's expected to bring wind, rain, and maybe snow.

In this photo looking south from 33rd Street in New York City, lights are on in some buildings in Lower Manhattan Friday.   (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
A passenger is turned away from an overcrowded bus in New York City on Friday.   (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
New York City Police officers manage a line of drivers waiting for gasoline in New York Friday.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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