More than 2.5million families still without  power in New York and New Jersey will become effectively homeless as a powerful  nor’easter winter storm brings frigid weather to the region, New York’s governor  warned.

Temperatures dipped into the 30s on Sunday  and lows are expected to drop into the 20s on Monday and Tuesday — compounding  the misery of those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

‘I spoke with many people who were worried  and frustrated and cold,’  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Saturday.  ‘There is no power there and temperatures are  dropping. Even those who have  generators are having a hard time getting  fuel.’

‘People are in homes that are  uninhabitable,’ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said alongside Bloomberg at a  news conference. ‘People don’t like to leave their home, but the reality is  going to be in the temperature.’

The nor’eastern, which is baring down on the  East Coast and expected to hit on Tuesday, will bring cold winds, snow and rain  to the region on Tuesday — a double-whammy for people still trying to piece  their lives back together after Sandy.

The brunt of the storm is still likely to hit  northern New England and bring snow to inland areas from West Virginia to  upstate New York and Maine.

The forecast for the area around New Jersey  and New York calls for temperatures to fall into the 20s by Monday night.

The cold that the nor’easter is bringing with  it is already claiming lives.

Overnight, at least two more bodies were  found in New Jersey, where the storm came ashore, as the overall U.S. death toll  from Sandy climbed to at least 111.

One of the victims, a 71-year-old man found  in his darkened house, died of hypothermia.

Over the weekend, the city opened warming  shelters in areas without  power and  Bloomberg urged elderly people  without heat to  move to them. The city also began handing out 25,000 blankets  to those  who insisted on staying in their homes.

‘Please, I know sometimes people are reticent  to take advantage of services. The cold really is something that is dangerous,’  he said.

Power restorations over the weekend relit the  skyline in Lower Manhattan for the first time in nearly a week and allowed 80  percent of the New York City subway service to resume. Some 1.9 million homes  and business still lacked power across the Northeast on Sunday, down from 2.5  million on Saturday.

Residents of the Rockaways in Queens, New  York, struggled to find warmth in their neighborhood, which still doesn’t have  power after flood waters inundated the small peninsula.

One woman said she had one blanket to give  her two daughters for warmth.

Though New York and New Jersey bore the brunt  of the destruction, at its peak, the storm reached 1,000 miles across, killed  more than 100 people in 10 states, knocked out power to 8.5 million homes and  businesses and canceled nearly 20,000 flights. Damage has been estimated $50  billion,  making Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, behind  Hurricane Katrina.


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