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Superstorm Sandy

November 2, 2012

Long lines, rising tempers seen at gas stations

NEW YORK — Motorists fumed in long lines at gas stations around the metropolitan area and yelled at one another Friday morning as fuel shortages hindered the region's efforts to recover four days after Superstorm Sandy.

The U.S. death toll climbed past 90 in 10 states, and included two boys who were torn from their mother's grasp by swirling floodwaters in Staten Island during the storm. Their bodies were found in a marshy area on Thursday.

At a Hess gas station in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, the line snaked at least 10 blocks through narrow and busy streets. That caused confusion among other drivers, some of whom accidentally found themselves in the gas line. People got out of their cars to yell at them.

In addition, at least 60 people were lined up to fill red gas cans for their generators.

Vince Levine got in line in his van at 5 a.m. By 8 a.m., he was still two dozen cars from the front. "I had a half-tank when I started. I've got a quarter-tank now," he said.

"There's been a little screaming, a little yelling. And I saw one guy banging on the hood of a car. But mostly it's been OK," he said.

Cabdriver Harum Prince joined a nearly mile-long line for gasoline in Manhattan. The line stretched 17 blocks down 10th Avenue, with about half the cars yellow cabs, a crucial means of getting around in a city with a still-crippled mass-transit system.

"I don't blame anybody," he said. "God, he knows why he brought this storm."

In Queens, a man was charged Thursday with flashing a gun at another motorist who complained he was cutting in line.

Damage from the storm has disrupted fuel deliveries to gas stations. And power outages left many stations unable to pump gas.

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