New York-area residents head into their first full week of commuting since superstorm Sandy crippled the biggest U.S. mass-transit network, even as a new storm threatens a fresh set of disruptions to daily routines.
Bloomberg reports that subways and most commuter-rail lines will run on full or modified schedules, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. A nor’easter expected to hit November 8th may hamper efforts to restore power to about 180,000 in New York City and Westchester County and led to stepped-up efforts to help those affected stay warm.
Sandy’s floodwaters on October 29th inundated transit tunnels and underground utilities and damaged parts of all five New York boroughs. While the storm left more than 100 dead in 10 U.S. states, including 42 in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said city schools will reopen today, helping restore routines. Power remained out to more than 1 million in the region.
'It’s not going to be normal tomorrow, and people should expect that', Cuomo said Sunday at a news briefing. The Democratic governor was joined by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and New York officials including Bloomberg and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
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