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Airports and stock exchange reopen, subways to follow

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 2:23pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck, there's bright sunshine today over New York City, after days of gray skies, rain and wind.

The stock exchange is up and running -- on generator power -- after being shut down for two days. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says limited subway service will resume tomorrow -- supplemented by buses between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

He also says limited commuter rail service will resume this afternoon.

Morning rush-hour traffic was heavy today in New York as people started returning to work. Some commuters were seen waiting at bus stops -- for buses running free of charge. Two main tunnels connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn and New Jersey remain closed, but bridges into the city are open.

About 6.5 million homes and businesses are still without power from the storm, which left at least 61 people dead and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. Four million of those outages are in New York and New Jersey.

Outages in New Jersey's two largest cities, Newark and Jersey City, left traffic signals dark, resulting in fender-benders at intersections where police weren't directing traffic. At one supermarket in Jersey City, there were long lines to get bread and use an electrical outlet to charge cellphones.

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142-r-13-(Sound of applause by traders and the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg opens the markets following Hurricane Sandy.)--Sound of applause by traders and the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange as Mayor Michael Bloomberg opens the markets following Hurricane Sandy. (31 Oct 2012)

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149-a-03-(Kathy Zucker, Hoboken resident, in AP interview)-"everyone around here"-Hoboken resident Kathy Zucker says she can't believe the severity of the damage. (31 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Worker uses a backhoe to move sand near a boardwalk after superstorm Sandy, Atlantic City, New Jersey, on texture, partial graphic (31 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO NYRD106: Commuters, including one man dressed for Halloween, cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The floodwaters that poured into New York's deepest subway tunnels during superstorm Sandy may pose the biggest obstacle to the city's recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system's 108-year history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (31 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYML104: People line up at a coffee truck in New York's financial district, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 ahead of the first opening for Wall Street this week following a two-day shutdown due to superstorm Sandy. Much of lower Manhattan and the financial district are still without electrical power. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (31 Oct 2012)

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