NY Gas Rationing Begins, Many Still Without Power

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Gas shortages in superstorm Sandy's aftermath have immobilized many and led to long lines at the pump. Now New York City and Long Island are following New Jersey's lead.

Starting Friday morning, the cities will ration gas, allowing customers with odd-numbered license plates to fill up on odd-numbered days, and customers with even numbers to fill up on even days.

Meanwhile, electricity remains an issue for many, with more than half a million residents in New York and New Jersey still without power.

The second nor'easter that swept through Thursday didn't help the situation. The storm blanketed the region with snow and plunged some back into darkness

It was the second time New York resident Nick Michael lost power.

"It was great to have it and then we lose it again -- extremely frustrating," he said.

The region's mess is also hampering the nation's air travel. On Wednesday and Thursday, airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights.

Non-profit organizations like CBN's Operation Blessing are helping with recovery efforts in key locations such as Mystic Island, N.J., and Breezy Point, N.Y.

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"Operation Blessing is going to set up a table here. We're going to take work orders and start helping people gut their houses, clean their houses out, start putting their lives back together," Operation Blessing President Bill Horan said.

"This is a community that sure does deserve everyone's prayers and all of our hope and all of our help. We're going to be here working for quite some time now," he added.

The damage estimate for Sandy is up to $50 billion, making it the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, right behind Hurricane Katrina.

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