* Death toll rises to 110
* Fuel flowing again after New York Harbor reopened
* New York City subway service mostly restored
* Disaster victims, first responders under strain
By Chris Francescani and Lynnley Browning
NEW YORK, Nov 3 Fuel flowed toward disaster
victims on Saturday and the lower Manhattan skyline lit up for
the first time since superstorm Sandy slammed into the U.S.
Northeast, while people in devastated coastal areas endured more
The power restorations allowed 80 percent of the New York
City subway service to resume, and 8 million gallons of fuel
have been delivered since the New York Harbor reopened on
Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Another 28 million gallons would be delivered this weekend,
he said, restoring supplies to a region experiencing rationing
and long lines at gas stations reminiscent of the energy
shortage of the 1970s.
Cuomo also announced five mobile gas station would be set up
in the metropolitan area, providing people with up to 10 gallons
of free gas.
Even so, the long, arduous recovery was taxing disaster
victims and first responders strained by a week of emergency
services, while a heating oil shortage and widespread power
outages meant some homes could go cold as wintry weather sets
The death toll rose to at least 110 with nine more deaths
reported in New Jersey on Saturday, raising the total in that
state to 22. New York revised its total down by one to 40.
Sandy killed 69 in the Caribbean before turning north and
hammering the U.S. northeast coast on Monday with 80
mile-per-hour (130-kph) winds and a record surge of seawater
that swamped homes in New Jersey and New York, and flooded
streets and subway tunnels in New York City.
New York City gave its overstretched police a break by
abruptly reversing course on Friday and canceling Sunday's
marathon, a beloved annual race that had become a lightning rod
for critics concerned it was a diversion of resources.
"How long can the NYPD go at full throttle like this is the
big question," said Gene O'Donnell, a former New York Police
Department officer and professor of policing studies at John Jay
College of Criminal Justice. "The longer it goes, the more they
In a sign of security worries a hard-hit Queens
neighborhood, one garage full of debris stood open with a sign
next to it reading: "LOOTERS WILL BE CRUCIFIED - GOD HELP YOU."
Gasoline rationing has tested the patience of drivers - fist
fights have broken out in mile-long lines of cars - and the
National Guard has been called out to prevent looting.
"Hurricanes can be the stress equivalent of cancer," said
David Yusko, assistant clinical director at the Center for the
Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of
Music stars offered a diversion from the disaster with a
televised benefit concert on Friday night featuring New Jersey
natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Staten
Island-born Christina Aguilera.
"We will not leave anyone behind," said Aguilera, whose
native borough accounted for 22 of New York City's 40 deaths
from the storm.
President Barack Obama won early praise for the federal
response to Sandy, but continued television and newspaper images
of upset storm victims could hurt the Democrat, who is locked in
a virtual draw with Republican challenger Mitt Romney going into
Before heading to the Midwest on Saturday for a final
weekend of campaigning, Obama visited Federal Emergency
Management Agency headquarters in Washington for a briefing, and
told officials to cut through government "red tape" to help
"There's nothing more important than getting this right,"
the president said at the beginning of a briefing with officials
from FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and state and
Power utility Consolidated Edison, battling what it
called the worst natural disaster in the company's 180-year
history, restored electricity to Manhattan neighborhoods such as
Wall Street, Chinatown and Greenwich Village in the pre-dawn
hours, leaving 11,000 customers in Manhattan without service.
Con Ed said it had restored power to 70 percent of the
916,000 customers in the New York City area who were cut off.
"There's enough light and activity to get a lot of people on
the street and get rid of that movie set look as if were in some
kind of ghost town or horror movie," Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee
told NY1 television.
In New Jersey, the utility PSE&G said 607,000 customers were
still without lights after power to 1 million had been restored.
The U.S. Coast Guard reopened New York Harbor on Friday,
allowing tankers in and out.
Moving to ease fuel shortages, the Obama administration
directed the purchase of up to 12 million gallons (45 million
liters) of unleaded fuel and 10 million gallons (38 million
liters) of diesel, to be trucked to New York and New Jersey for
The government announced it would tap strategic reserves for
diesel for emergency responders and waived rules that barred
foreign-flagged ships from taking gasoline, diesel and other
products from the Gulf of Mexico to Northeast ports.
A cold snap in the New York City area was forecast early
next week with daily low temperatures expected to drop into the
upper 30s Fahrenheit (2-4 degrees Celsius).
"There's no heating oil around," said Vincent Savino, the
president Statewide Oil and Heating, which usually supplies some
2,000 buildings across New York City. "I don't know how much
fuel we have left: maybe a day or two."