More than 2.5million families still withoutÂ power in New York and New Jersey will become effectively homeless as a powerfulÂ nor’easter winter storm brings frigid weather to the region, New York’s governorÂ warned.
Temperatures dipped into the 30s on SundayÂ and lows are expected to drop into the 20s on Monday and Tuesday — compoundingÂ the misery of those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
‘I spoke with many people who were worriedÂ and frustrated and cold,’Â New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Saturday.Â ‘There is no power there and temperatures areÂ dropping. Even those who haveÂ generators are having a hard time gettingÂ fuel.’
‘People are in homes that areÂ uninhabitable,’ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said alongside Bloomberg at aÂ news conference. ‘People don’t like to leave their home, but the reality isÂ going to be in the temperature.’
The nor’eastern, which is baring down on theÂ East Coast and expected to hit on Tuesday, will bring cold winds, snow and rainÂ to the region on Tuesday — a double-whammy for people still trying to pieceÂ their lives back together after Sandy.
The forecast for the area around New JerseyÂ and New York calls for temperatures to fall into the 20s by Monday night.
The cold that the nor’easter is bringing withÂ it is already claiming lives.
Overnight, at least two more bodies wereÂ found in New Jersey, where the storm came ashore, as the overall U.S. death tollÂ from Sandy climbed to at least 111.
One of the victims, a 71-year-old man foundÂ in his darkened house, died of hypothermia.
Over the weekend, the city opened warmingÂ shelters in areas withoutÂ power andÂ Bloomberg urged elderly peopleÂ without heat toÂ move to them. The city also began handing out 25,000 blanketsÂ to thoseÂ who insisted on staying in their homes.
‘Please, I know sometimes people are reticentÂ to take advantage of services. The cold really is something that is dangerous,’Â he said.
Power restorations over the weekend relit theÂ skyline in Lower Manhattan for the first time in nearly a week and allowed 80Â percent of the New York City subway service to resume. Some 1.9 million homesÂ and business still lacked power across the Northeast on Sunday, down from 2.5Â million on Saturday.
Residents of the Rockaways in Queens, NewÂ York, struggled to find warmth in their neighborhood, which still doesn’t haveÂ power after flood waters inundated the small peninsula.
One woman said she had one blanket to giveÂ her two daughters for warmth.
Though New York and New Jersey bore the bruntÂ of the destruction, at its peak, the storm reached 1,000 miles across, killedÂ more than 100 people in 10 states, knocked out power to 8.5 million homes andÂ businesses and canceled nearly 20,000 flights. Damage has been estimated $50Â billion,Â making Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, behindÂ Hurricane Katrina.