Tempers Rise as Temps Fall, Power Outages Persist in Wake of Sandy
(NEW YORK) — Tempers are beginning to flare as superstorm Sandy’s victims woke in cold, dark homes on Friday to face yet another grinding day of waiting for help, while temperatures are forecast to drop into the 30s and a possible Nor’easter is on the way.
Nearly four million people spent a fourth day without electricity and some were told they will have to wait weeks to have their power restored.
In the meantime, many waited for hours in line yet again for scarce gasoline supplies, water and food, or endured marathon commutes.
Conditions will worsen for those without power as temperatures dip into the 30s this weekend, and the National Weather Service warns that a Nor’easter could rake the Northeast coastline starting Tuesday.
Some parts of the area hammered by Sandy feel they have been left behind in the rush to restore power to Manhattan.
Staten Island was one of the hardest-hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents are still without power, many are homeless, and at least 19 people died there because of the storm.
Four days after the storm, supplies are finally making their way to the borough and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro is boiling over in anger at what he sees as a slow relief effort.
“This is America, not a third world nation. We need food, we need clothing,” Molinaro said.
Red Cross worker Josh Lockwood, on Staten Island, defended relief efforts.
“So many people are in need right now on such a scale that getting the materials to them as quickly as we can so that their needs are met, that’s the chief challenge,” said Lockwood.
The Red Cross says it’s trying to get more out-of-town volunteers to help with storm relief efforts in the Northeast.
President Obama held a call with state and local officials from New York, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to discuss the repair effort late Thursday night, according to a White House official.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino will travel to Staten Island on Friday to meet with state and local officials and inspect recovery efforts.
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