Fuel shortages cause long lines in New York, New Jersey
Power outage contributing to problem
- Duration 4:37
- Date Nov 1, 2012
Power outage contributing to problem
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From -- Thursday.
-- lingering effects of a record breaking superstore.
On top of all the death and destruction growing shortages on everything from gasoline to food to batteries for flashlights and there is no telling.
How long this will last.
Right now the biggest problem in the storm zone aside from the destruction seems to be the lack of fuel.
And here's part of the reason public transportation is still a disaster so folks need to drive.
There's no electricity so you got to use a generator.
Lots of gas stations are empty or have no power damage distribution centers and refineries are off line.
And ports are closed so the tankers can't deliver any new fuel.
So what you get.
While look at this line speeding it up now northern New Jersey outside New York City it just goes on and -- on and on.
Fortunately things should get better at some point but try telling that somebody runs out of gas while waiting in line to fill up.
And here you have a picture of a guy in New Jersey who had to -- what little gas he had left out of his car so we could fill his generator.
Keep in mind -- the affects people across seventeen states along the coast there is destruction on a scale that this region has never before witnessed.
Four and a half million homes are still without power as fox reports tonight.
And now the latest estimate for the storms economic -- damaged a staggering.
Fifty billion dollars.
That would make -- the second costliest storm in US history.
Trailing only country.
Earlier today the New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the federal government is helping to feed hundreds of thousands of victims who in many cases no longer have homes.
FEMA worked with our National Guard I'm gonna join them now in bringing one million meals to New York.
A warm meal in a region where it is now November.
And temperatures are dropping fast.
The fox -- chief correspondent Jonathan -- is live with us in New York City tonight from -- gas station it would appear on the west side the shortages -- ridiculous.
Yes check this out on the follow west side of midtown Manhattan is one of the very few gas stations.
That is still open anywhere in the city.
You see that's.
That tanker that that is the third time it has been -- -- today since we've been here for the -- -- eight hours or so to actually fill up so people keep coming -- take a look at it here.
At the lines there -- people have been waiting in line.
One and a half two hours all day New York's finest NYPD here.
To -- border because as you can imagine in these situations whether waiting blocked off to block off to block of this avenue in New York tempers.
Do sometimes flat but -- Bloomberg said today that it release that is on the way he -- Some of gas stations aren't open because they don't have electricity him.
That the pumps need electricity to run that hopefully in the next couple of days will be.
Accommodating and once mass transit comes back have a lot fewer cars trying to -- And gasoline.
And among those we -- filling up here today was some of the New York firefighters who are doing -- very best to help the many people in downtown Manhattan who still have no power I need all the help they can get -- and -- there's a commute New Yorkers are used to brutal commute but this is on another level.
Yet this is being extraordinary although we -- hearing that the commute.
And tonight is not as bad.
As many people had feared the lines over the George Washington Bridge -- pairing up for instance not bad at all tonight but coming in this morning it was an entirely different story lines across many of the bridges.
I -- to Manhattan very very long indeed and then we heard tales of people waiting for hours.
For -- -- from Brooklyn into Manhattan of goals.
We've got so many people not able to get gas Saturday night New Jersey or -- north of Neil can Westchester.
More people using public transport is the mass said.
And that is putting a huge strain on the -- Transit system and it's slowly getting back to normal and one thing I will say ship.
Is -- New Yorkers for the moment at least taking this in a very good spirit many of them realizing that.
Being with that -- their common for a couple of days having to stand in line on line for gas up for a couple out of -- is nothing.
To the loss of life that some families have suffered through over the last few days ship so true Jonathan Hunt on Manhattan's west side Jonathan thank you meantime.