NJ faces gas rationing, days more without power

4 Nov

Right now, the impact of the storm, particularly the continuance of widespread power outages, has created the disorderly sale of gas – including long lines, out of operation stations, and stations facing shortages,” Christie said in a statement late Friday. “This system will ease the strain on those gas stations still operating, while we work to bring more online for the public to access fuel, in a manner that is fair, easy to understand, and less stressful.”

The rule will remain in effect until the limited state of energy emergency is lifted, he said.

For many, the multi-hour waits – with reports of some fights breaking out at stations which ran out of gas — was reminiscent of the 1973 energy crisis stemming from an OPEC oil embargo or the 1979 Australian post-apocalyptic movie, “Mad Max.”

Some gas stations already sold out, while others have the fuel but no power to pump it. Read: Here’s why gas is running out.

In addition to New Jersey shortages, two-thirds of gas stations in the New York metro area are out of gas, according to ABC News.

Subway service restored
Meanwhile, in a major relief to millions of New Yorkers used to traveling by mass transit, the majority of New York subway service was restored Saturday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that 80% of service has been restored, including critical under-river connections between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Mass transit has been restored faster than some officials had expected after Sandy knocked out power and flooded tunnels.

More service is expected to resume as the weekend continues. Read: Most New York subway service resumes.

Still, some aspects of city life are expected to take much longer before they return to normal. Some schools are so badly damaged that tens of thousands of students will be sent elsewhere, and some subway lines and stations will remain out of service for weeks or, in a few cases, indefinitely. Read: Some schools, subway lines to remain closed



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