December 19, 2014
For the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck, there's bright sunshine today over New York City, after days of gray skies, rain and wind.
The stock exchange is up and running -- on generator power -- after being shut down for two days. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo says limited subway service will resume tomorrow -- supplemented by buses between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
He also says limited commuter rail service will resume this afternoon.
Morning rush-hour traffic was heavy today in New York as people started returning to work. Some commuters were seen waiting at bus stops -- for buses running free of charge. Two main tunnels connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn and New Jersey remain closed, but bridges into the city are open.
About 6.5 million homes and businesses are still without power from the storm, which left at least 61 people dead and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. Four million of those outages are in New York and New Jersey.
Outages in New Jersey's two largest cities, Newark and Jersey City, left traffic signals dark, resulting in fender-benders at intersections where police weren't directing traffic. At one supermarket in Jersey City, there were long lines to get bread and use an electrical outlet to charge cellphones.
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