New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center left, walks past damaged homes Friday along the Atlantic Ocean in Mantoloking, N.J. With him are state Transportation Commissioner James Simpson, left, Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, right, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, third from right.The massive storm that started as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 96 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 3.6 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.
Gas shortages in the New York area send motorists across state lines to Connecticut in search of fuel. Lines form at gas stations near Interstate 95. A memorial service is planned today for volunteer Easton firefighter Russell Neary, killed during the storm while clearing tree debris from a road. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 227,500, down from a peak of 625,000.
As Massachusetts returns to normal, it sends volunteers and National Guard members to help in storm-battered New York. Massachusetts’ federally owned T.S. Kennedy is heading to Elizabeth, N.J., on Sunday. The 540-foot ship will serve as a “hotel” for emergency workers, power crews and others helping the region get back on its feet. Deaths: None. Power outages: about 1,000, down from 400,000.
Officials estimate it will be the weekend before power is fully restored. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 1,300, down from 210,000.
Atlantic City’s 12 casinos, closed in advance of the storm, start reopening after Gov. Chris Christie gives them the OK. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood views the storm damage in Ocean County. Motorists face another day of long lines for gas. Unemployment benefits are made available to two more counties where residents lost jobs because of the storm. The state sets up a hotline to help pet owners find their pets. Deaths: 22. Power outages: 1.5 million, down from 2.7 million.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancels the New York City Marathon after mounting criticism that it was wrong to hold it while the region is still recovering. The cost of the storm could exceed $18 billion in New York alone. Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells utilities to step up power repair work or risk losing business in the state. With fuel shortages, motorists fume in long lines at gas stations around New York City. All three of the city’s major airports are back open. Subway and commuter rail services are partly restored. The state creates a $100 million fund to help people hit the hardest. Deaths: 48, including 41 in New York City. Power outages: Nearly 1.2 million, down from more than 1.3 million.
The Coast Guard orders a formal investigation into the sinking of the famous HMS Bounty off Cape Hatteras during the hurricane Monday. One crew member died and the captain is missing. Deaths: 2. Power outages: None, down from 126,000.
Between 250 and 300 polling places remain without power just days before Tuesday’s election. The Red Cross closes all but two of its emergency shelters in the state. Deaths: 15. Power outages: 307,000, down from 1.2 million.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs a request seeking a presidential disaster declaration in three of the state’s five counties. Organizers recruit volunteers to spend the day today in Westerly’s beach community, where they will clear away debris and remove sand that inundated homes, shops and other businesses. Deaths: None. Power outages: 7,800, down from more than 122,000.
Amtrak service remains disrupted Friday because of the storm. Vermont sends utility crews, Red Cross and other volunteers to help storm victims in New York. Deaths: None. Power outages: mostly restored, down from more than 10,000.
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