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Post-Sandy, manic Monday looms for commuters

6:40 AM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
Cars wait in line for fuel at a Gulf gas station on November 1, 2012 in Fort Lee, New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK -- It could be a manic Monday for commuters starting the first work week since Superstorm Sandy hit the New York City region.

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New York officials say the city subway system is on the mend. But they also warn a flood of students returning to reopened schools and motorists forced out of their cars by a fuel shortage could cause crowding and delays.

Philadelphia's transit authority loaned 31 buses that New Jersey Transit plans to use to support shuttle service for commuters traveling to New York City.

The coming week could bring other challenges. Election Day could see polling places without power. Some schools remain closed and students will be relocated. And a nor'easter threatens to hit the area by Wednesday.

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Overnight temperatures are sinking into the 30s in parts of the East, as some people are still without power after Superstorm Sandy.

In New York City, government leaders are grappling with the problem of finding housing for the tens of thousands of people whose homes could be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says up to 40,000 New Yorkers may need to be relocated.

And forecasters are warning that more power outages could come. The National Weather Service says a nor'easter could hit by Wednesday, with potential for 55 mph gusts and more beach erosion, flooding and rain along the East Coast.

 

Associated Press

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