Superstorm Sandy: Essentials in Short Supply

Frustrations and anger are running high with basic necessities running short.
3:00 | 11/01/12

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We want to show you some extremely long lines at gas stations right now in new jersey. There, you see. Basics are in short supply in so many areas. Anger, frustration is on the rise, as you might imagine. Abc's ron claiborne is in richfield, new jersey, with the latest on this. Good morning, ron. Reporter: Good morning, amy. I'm at the service station at the new jersey turnpike. Take a look at this line. Motorists are telling us they're waiting one to two-plus hours to get to the pump, to get gas in their vehicles because this is one of the few service stations around that is open for miles. Long lines, triggering short tempers. I'm down to the bottom of my fuel. I don't know. I don't even know where the next gas station is. Reporter: In some places, cars snake down a half-mile or more on the highway. Weary hurricane sandy survivors desperate for gas to power their generators and their cars. No more gas. Reporter: The manager of this bp station on new york's long island said he sold about 10,000 gallons on wednesday, three-times what he sells in a normal day. It was over the bridge earlier in the morning. Reporter: In new york, more than 80% of the gas stations, unable to open, even if they have g there's no power to pump it. Here on the jersey turnpike, the opposite problem. There's power but stations are running dry and can't get new deliveries. Cars, more than 100 feet. Our dan harris drove around northern new jersey for hours looking for gas. Discovering interminable lines. Meantime, electricity is still out across 15 states this morning. Overnight, 6 million households and businesses. That's as many as 44 million people, according to the associated press, still in the dark. Residents forced to adjust to a maddening waiting game as power is only slowly restored. A process that could take wakes. Not only living in the dark. It's cold inside. Reporter: And nearly 1 million long island power customers were hit with outages during the height of the storm. Nearly its entire network affected. It's c the worst storm we've encountered. It can't get much worse than this. Reporter: Cell phone service, many cell phones not working in the affected area, forcing people to revert to the old-fashioned way of making a phone call, pay phones. George?

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