NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up tonight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight.
But the progress in restoring power is being undercut by the long gas lines facing New Yorkers. And angry residents of outer boroughs are facing a week or more of darkness.
Bloomberg is also facing criticism over his decision to hold the New York City Marathon as scheduled on Sunday. Some New Yorkers say it's insensitive, and that it will divert city resources at a time when many are suffering. Bloomberg says the marathon will "give people something to cheer about."
Four days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, the U.S. death toll has climbed past 90 in ten states.
With fuel deliveries disrupted by storm damage, and many gas stations lacking electricity to run their pumps, gasoline is still a precious commodity. Some drivers say they've waited three or four hours in line at gas stations, only to see the pumps run dry when it was almost their turn. Some motorists ran out of gas before they could get to the front.
More New York subway and rail lines started operating again today. And the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey is open to buses.
More than 3.8 million homes and businesses in the East are still without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million.
207-a-07-(Governor Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., at news conference)-"it's not over"-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says storm recovery is going to be a very long process. (2 Nov 2012)
163-a-15-(State representative Michael Grimm, in interview)-"can still rise"-State lawmaker Michael Grimm says there are plenty of good reasons following the arrival of Superstorm Sandy why the New York City Marathon should be postponed. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Nov 2012)
193-a-11-(Governor Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., at news conference)-"and the lights"-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the local utility could soon turn on the power for lower Manhattan. (2 Nov 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: People wait in line for gasoline after Superstorm Sandy, Newark, N.J., graphic element on gray (2 Nov 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: Traffic is gridlocked on the Long Island Expressway into Manhattan near the turn off for the Queensboro Bridge, partial graphic (2 Nov 2012)
APPHOTO NYR102: Shortly before the gas ran out, customers wait in line at a Hess station where the line of cars snaked 10 blocks, and at least 60 people waited to fill red gas cans for their generators, in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, New York, Friday morning, Nov. 2, 2012. Courier Winston Alfred said he had been there in his van since 4:20 am, and was second in line, when he was turned away four hours later. (AP Photo/David Caruso) (2 Nov 2012)
APPHOTO NYSW120: Julie Traina tries to recover some personal items from the destroyed home of her parents in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. A Superstorm Sandy relief fund is being created just for residents of the hard-hit New York City borough. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Borough President James Molinaro say the fund will help residents displaced from their homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (2 Nov 2012)
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