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AP PHOTOS: Long gas lines after destructive Sandy

Sunday - 11/4/2012, 3:30pm  ET

New Jersey state troopers keep order as motorist line up to purchase gasoline at the Thomas A. Edison service area on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, near Woodbridge, N.J., before a noon switch to a gas rationing system in 12 counties ordered by Gov. Chris Christie. Drivers with license plates ending in an even number will be allowed to buy gas on even-numbered days, and those with plates ending in an odd number can make gas purchases on odd-numbered days. Christie says it will help ease fuel shortages and extended lines for gasoline that have occurred since Superstorm Sandy decimated the coast. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Filling stations with "No Gas" signs taped to the pumps are confronting drivers across New York City and coastal New Jersey amid fuel shortages following Superstorm Sandy.

Those lucky enough to find stations with gas for sale face long lines to reach the pumps.

The gas crisis is expected to end within days as electricity comes back across the region, allowing fuel to be pumped from refineries, through pipelines, off tanker ships, out of terminals and to gas stations.

But in the meantime, getting gas for vehicles and home generators can mean protracted hunts for open stations and then hours spent in line.

In Staten Island, drivers seemed to be taking the long wait with calm. Sammy Cruz sat for three hours Saturday and still had 20 cars in front of him.

"People are happy to be getting something," he said. "Nobody's complaining."

Here, in pictures, are some scenes playing out at gas stations across the region:


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