November 3, 2012 in Nation/World

AP PHOTOS: Long gas lines after destructive Sandy

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Edison Police Officer Charle Crincoli informs a motorist that they can’t get gas today, as they wait in long lines at the Tiger Mart Exxon on Route 1 and Parsonage Road in Edison, N.J., Saturday, Nov 3, 2012. Due to gas shortages caused by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the state is rationing gas and has started an odd/even system. Today was an odd day so motorist with an odd number ending on their license plate were only the one allowed to get gas. This motorist had an even number ending on their plate and was turned away.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Filling stations with “No Gas” signs taped to the pumps are confronting drivers across New York City and coastal New Jersey amid fuel shortages following Superstorm Sandy.

Those lucky enough to find stations with gas for sale face long lines to reach the pumps.

The gas crisis is expected to end within days as electricity comes back across the region, allowing fuel to be pumped from refineries, through pipelines, off tanker ships, out of terminals and to gas stations.

But in the meantime, getting gas for vehicles and home generators can mean protracted hunts for open stations and then hours spent in line.

In Staten Island, drivers seemed to be taking the long wait with calm. Sammy Cruz sat for three hours Saturday and still had 20 cars in front of him.

“People are happy to be getting something,” he said. “Nobody’s complaining.”

Here, in pictures, are some scenes playing out at gas stations across the region:

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