New Yorkers face fuel rationing

The mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg has ordered rationing of petrol in the city following Hurricane Sandy.

Work continues to pump water from New York Subway

The Metropolitan Transportation Authrority is still working to pump flood water out of the New York City Subway after Hurricane Sandy.

Seven tunnels under the East River remain flooded with entire platforms under water in some places, according to the New York Times.

A rescue team using a pump train to remove seawater from the L train's tunnel under the East River in New York Credit: REUTERS/Handout

Most of the major lines were up and running within a week of the hurricane, but the recovery teams have been working around the clock to restore service to the rest of the network.

An MTA employees surveys the damage to the New York City Subway Credit: REUTERS/Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin/Handout

NY petrol rationing scheme to come into force today

From 6am local time today, a petrol rationing scheme in New York will come into effect as three quarters of the petrol stations in the city have been forced to close due to fuel shortages.

New York's Mayor Bloomberg said the decision was not taken lightly.

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This is not a step we take lightly. But given gas shortages and the growing frustrations of NYers, we believe it’s the right step.

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NY fuel rationing as three quarters of forecourts close

New York's Mayor Bloomberg has introduced a petrol rationing scheme as three quarters of the the petrol stations in the city have been forced to close due to fuel shortages.

The system, which follows a similar rationing regime implemented in New Jersey last week, begins at 6am tomorrow morning.

People stand in line at a petrol station on Staten Island in New York City after Hurricane Sandy Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City has been hard hit by fuel shortages since Sandy hit ten days ago.

Emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and certain other vehicles are exempt from the rationing system.

Governor Cuomo: Hurricane Sandy cost New York $33 billion

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that Hurricane Sandy has cost the state $33 billion (£20.7 bn) in damage and economic loss.

Speaking in a televised update, he instructed residents to photograph and get rid of damaged goods instead of keeping them as evidence for insurance companies.

He said there was a risk that excess debris in the streets could become "additional projectiles" in high winds.

New York governor to give update on hurricane recovery

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to give an update on the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort and on the storm that is currently battering the state.

Watch a live feed of his briefing here.

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At 12:30PM, Gov will update NYers on #Sandy recovery efforts & make announcement | Watch LIVE: http://t.co/DboGaFgd

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More than 700,000 without power in east of US

Some 715,000 homes and businesses in the east of the US were without power as of 9am local time (2pm GMT) today as a result of a powerful storm, the US Department of Energy has said in a report.

The figure marks a dramatic increase from last night and refers to many of the same areas recently hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Combined peak outages now total 8.6 million, 8.5 million from Hurricane Sandy and 92,400 from the nor'easter.

Nor'easter brings snow in Hurricane Sandy's wake

A so-called nor'easter storm has brought several inches of snow and more strong wind to parts of New York that were recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The New York Times reports that two inches of snow fell in Queens, pictured below, as well as Bayside and more than three inches in Armonk.

Residents walk down a street that was hit by flooding from Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough neighborhood of Rockaway Beach Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The coastal flood warning remains in force for New York Harbour, although yesterday's high tide was not as dramatic as forecasters had expected, the newspaper reports. A high wind warning also remains in force.

Snow left by a nor'easter in the Queens borough neighborhood of Rockaway Beach Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York recovers from more extreme weather

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The nor'easter snow covered a tree toppled by storm Sandy in Manhasset, Long Island Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
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New York City was hit with record levels of snowfall for the time of year Credit: Andrew Burton / Reuters
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Residents of New York's Lower East Side cleared snow away on Thursday morning Credit: Andrew Burton / Reuters
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