NEW YORK – Some key information about the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York:
POWER OUTAGES: About 900,000 customers remain without electricity statewide, down from a peak of about 2.2 million Tuesday. Most continue to be in New York City, its northern suburbs and on Long Island. New York State Electric & Gas reported about 43,000 on Saturday and Central Hudson Gas and Electric had about 3,200.
EVACUATIONS: 375,000 people were ordered to leave flood-prone zones in New York City.
SHELTERS: About 5,500 people at 15 shelters Friday in New York City.
DEATHS: At least 47, including 40 in New York City. Deaths were attributed to falling trees, drowning, electrocution and car accidents.
CLOSINGS: All New York City schools remained closed Friday and all but 65 are expected to reopen Monday. Students at those schools will be relocated. Service in 80 percent of New York’s subway system resumed operations, including the tunnels between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some tunnels remained flooded. All Metro-North commuter rails resumed full service. The Long Island Rail Road commuter lines will have limited service on all of its lines. Rush-hour traffic into Manhattan remained restricted to vehicles carrying at least three people. All three of the city’s major airports are open. Amtrak restarted modified service to New York City, including from Albany-Rensselaer.
HIGHLIGHTS: Gas rationing went into effect in northern New Jersey while crowds lined up at free fuel distribution sites in New York’s boroughs before state officials said emergency vehicles had priority.
Source: Fox 5 NY