1.4M still powerless in US northeast after storm

Posted at 11/06/12 12:41 AM

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1.4 million homes, businesses and offices were still without electricity 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 gasoline supplies are slowly getting into the New York City, after the storm shut down much of southern Manhattan with heavy flooding and power cuts.

As of late Sunday 27 percent of the stations in metropolitan New York did not have any gasoline for sale, down from 38 percent the day before.

Two oil refineries, the large Phillips 66 unit in Linden, New Jersey and the small Hess refinery in Port Reading, also in New Jersey, remained closed, while four others were running.