Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Storm victims still without power

People in New York queue for petrol where rationing still exists (AP)

While most power companies on the East Coast of the US have restored electricity to nearly all their customers after superstorm Sandy, the Long Island Power Authority still has thousands of customers in the dark.

The company says the storm was worse than anyone could have imagined. But some say the government-run utility provider should have seen it coming.

LIPA, which was recently criticised in a withering state report, has restored power to more than 1.1 million homes and offices. About 19,000 customers were still waiting for the lights to come back early on Tuesday.

The utility says there also are some residents along Long Island's south shore and Rockaway Peninsula that had water damage to electrical panels and wiring, so their service cannot be restored without an inspection and possibly repairs.

Meanwhile, petrol rationing imposed in 12 counties in New Jersey following Superstorm Sandy has ended, officials said.

The rationing began on November 3 because some petrol stations could not get fuel while others did not have the electricity needed to pump it.

Governor Chris Christie said petrol supplies are now plentiful and there are no more lines of motorists waiting for fuel.

However, rationing continues in New York City and on Long Island.

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