Sandy: As New York recovers, a slew of new problems
Get ready for another brutal week in New York.
As the city struggles to get back on its feet after being clobbered by Hurricane Sandy, the election, displaced New Yorkers, a new storm, transit issues, power blackouts and more are all coalescing into what could be called, for a lack of better words, a perfect storm of city problems.
Here's what is going to make for a very, very long few days:
In what almost seems like a cruel joke, a heavy nor'easter is expected to hit the city this week, possibly slowing recovery efforts and causing further problems for tens of thousands of displaced New Yorkers.
The storm is set to barrel through starting Wednesday morning, with wind gusts reaching up to 50 mph, according to Joe Pollina, a meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The city could get up to two inches of rain, Pollina said. "This is going to be a pretty strong nor'easter for this type of storm," Pollina said. "Of course it won't be anything like we saw with Sandy, but New York is definitely going to get hit."
If you need to gas up, expect more massive lines all over the city for at least the next few days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday.
"Federal relief is trickling in and will continue to do so, with the city expected to get at least 28 million gallons over the next few days, Cuomo said. Still, the lines won't be going anywhere, and officials advise that New Yorkers don't drive unless it's absolutely necessary.
The MTA is continuing to restore service systemwide, but commutes today are going to be anything but smooth, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg warning to expect delays getting to work today.
Still, another four lines were restored yesterday: F service through Manhattan from Queens to Brooklyn; M service from Jamaica Center to Metropolitan; Q service in Brooklyn from Kings Highway to Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center; and the Franklin Avenue Shuttle is now running.
The A/C, L and R trains, however, could take some time; the flooding in those tubes was far more extensive than the others, and will take much longer to pump out.
The vast majority of the city's 1.1 million students will head back to school today, though 94 schools will remain closed, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.
Fifty-seven schools sustained too much damage to be re-opened by today, eight are still serving as emergency shelters and 29 are without power. For information on whether your child's school is open, check schools.nyc.gov, call 311 or text "NYCschools" to 877-877.
As of last night, power was restored to about 80% of ConEd customers who lost power during Sandy, but some 134,000 New Yorkers are still in the dark, according to officials.
Around 5,300 customers in Manhattan were without power. About 73,200 customers in Queens were without power; 22,500 in Brooklyn; 19,000 in Staten Island; and 11,000 in the Bronx.
ConEd didn't have day-by-day estimates of when power will be restored to everyone, but said that it expects to hit about 90% by the weekend.