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Storm-battered New York rations gas
A man fills up jerry cans with gasoline as others wait in line on Nov. 1 in Hazlet township, N.J.
A man fills up jerry cans with gasoline as others wait in line on Nov. 1 in Hazlet township, N.J.
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he fuel crisis created by last week's superstorm is forcing New York City to start rationing gasoline on Friday for the first time since the energy crisis of the 1970s. With many gas stations shut down and out of gas, motorists are having to spend hours in line to fill up. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the city would allow drivers with even-numbered license plates to buy gas on even days, and odd-numbered on odd days. Nassau and Suffolk Counties, on Long Island, are imposing the system, too. The entire state of New Jersey has been under odd-even rationing since Saturday.

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