9 November 2012, 09:02

NY under 'odd-even' gas rationing scheme

NY under 'odd-even' gas rationing scheme

Gas rationing has been in force in New York since 6am on Friday.

According to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the restrictions have been introduced in connection with gas shortages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The so-called ‘odd-even’ measure restricts owners of cars with a license plate ending in an even number to buying fuel on even days, while those with an odd number on their cars’ license plate should buy gas on odd days.

The restrictions will not apply to emergency vehicles, buses and taxis.

More than 100 people fell victim to Hurricane Sandy which struck the US East coast on October 29th.

About half a million residents of New York and New Jersey still have no electricity.

Nor'easter slams U.S. Eastern Seaboard

Due to heavy snowfall airports in New York and New Jersey have canceled almost 1,500 flights. A Nor'easter storm has once again resulted in widespread power outages in the region.

Approximately half a million people have been left without electricity.

In less than a day there has been nearly three months worth of monthly rainfall.

On Thursday, the governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced the first official statistics, stating that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. economy amounts to close to $50 billion with $33 billion alone in the state of New York.

Currently it is known that 120 people died as a result of Sandy.

Forecasters predict a return to fall weather in New York on Friday.

The temperature should begin to rise and by Monday will reach 17 degrees Celsius.

Sandy damage at $50 billion

The damage from Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. economy has been estimated at being $50 billion.

More than half of the damage accounting for the amount occurred in the State of New York.

Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast last week.

According to official data at least 120 people were killed.

On Thursday it was reported that New York and New Jersey were hit by a new storm which has caused thousands of Americans to once again be left without electricity.

New US storm brings more blackouts

A new storm which is approaching the US East Coast brought more power cuts leaving over 730 people powerless.

New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and West Virginia are seeing a blackout again shortly after superstorm Sandy swept through the region last week.

The wind speed is forecast to reach 100 km per hour later this day.

Some 715,000 without power Thurs after nor'easter, Sandy-US govt

Some 715,000 eastern U.S. homes and businesses were without power as of 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT) on Thursday, an increase of nearly 43,000 from Wednesday night, after a nor'easter knocked power out to more customers following those who had lost power due to Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a report.

Combined peak outages now total 8.6 million, 8.5 million from Hurricane Sandy and 92,400 from the nor'easter, the DOE report said.

New York City and much of the U.S. Northeast on Thursday dug out from a snowstorm that hammered a region still struggling to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

The unseasonably early winter storm dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of Connecticut and slapped the region with 50 mph (80 kph) winds, plunging hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses back into darkness and creating a new commuting nightmare for a region whose transportation system was already under repair.

Bitter cold, rain, snow and powerful winds added to the misery of disaster victims whose homes were destroyed or power was knocked out by Sandy, which smashed ashore on Oct. 29 and caused widespread flooding.

Voice of Russia, IF, Reuters, RIA, TASS

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