1.4million homes in US still powerless

2012-11-05 22:31
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Washington - Nearly 1.4 million homes, businesses and offices were still without electricity on Monday, nearly a week after the US northeastern coast was blasted by Superstorm Sandy, the government said.

The Department of Energy said there were around 780 000 without power in New Jersey and another 488 000 in New York, the two states hit hardest by the storm.

The rest of the outages were scattered mainly among Connecticut, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Some 8.5 million power company customers lost electricity in the first days of the storm, which swept ashore in southern New Jersey late last Monday.

The department also said that petrol supplies were slowly getting into New York City, after the storm shut down much of southern Manhattan with heavy flooding and power cuts.

Two oil refineries remained closed, while four others were operating normally.




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