Pockets of frustration among cold and hungry residents festered Friday, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, even as other areas sputtered back to life. The biggest challenges in places like New Jersey and Staten Island -- where the majority of New York's storm-related deaths were recorded -- include food and electricity shortages. Across 15 states and the District of Columbia, utilities reported that about 3.3 million customers remained without power.
"You're disconnected from the whole entire world," says Gerri Holterhoff, after her mobile phone drops another call. After Superstorm Sandy walloped the East Coast on Monday night, more than 2 million New Jersey residents, such as 62-year-old Holterhoff of Ocean Township, are still without electricity, heat or cell phone service, and they're feeling far removed from normal life. Power has been restored to some households, but nearly 1.5 million customers are still in the dark statewide, and many neighborhoods have been left in disarray.
In Brooklyn, a woman pushed a small grocery cart with a single bag inside. In it, a precious possession shielded from prying eyes: a red can filled with gasoline. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, gasoline might as well be gold.
Many of the gas stations in the New York City region were still out of commission Friday due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy, and long lines continued to form at the stations that are still operational. Millions of people were still without power from the fatal storm that made landfall on the Jersey Shore and plowed through the Northeast on Monday. This has affected gas stations, which cannot pump gas without electricity.
In the days since Superstorm Sandy pummeled much of the Northeast with severe winds and torrential flooding, donations to the American Red Cross have been pouring in. The agency received nearly $35 million through early Friday morning, said Karen Stecher, a Red Cross spokesperson. "The public has been generous," she said.
Just three days after Superstorm Sandy pummeled much of the nation's East Coast with severe winds and torrential flooding, donations to relief efforts are pouring in.
Residents of three states pummeled by Hurricane Sandy could be eligible for disaster assistance payments if they lost their job due to the storm.
Relief is coming to homeowners hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, as government agencies and major lenders roll out plans to offer them breaks on mortgage payments and other types of financial assistance.
The estimated loss to the nation's economy from Superstorm Sandy has climbed to as much as $50 billion, making it one of the nation's most costly disasters.
Verizon on Friday said it is making progress in getting its cellular service back online for customers impacted by Superstorm Sandy, but the repair work may take a chunk out of its fourth-quarter earnings. In a regulatory filing, the company said it is directing its resources towards powering up cell towers and rebuilding its network, "which may take some time." Verizon said it is not yet able to estimate how much impact the storm will have on operating profit, "but we expect that it could be significant."
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, cold weather could put people returning to their homes at risk. Here is a bit about some of the health risks victims of the storm may face.
The New York City Marathon -- scheduled for Sunday -- was canceled Friday due to lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy, the city's mayor said.