A New York City Police Department officer manages the line of cars waiting for gasoline, in New York, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York on Friday morning. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK (AP) — A gasoline shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy has forced a rationing program on storm-battered New York City and Long Island.
The program seemed to be helping Friday with the hourslong lines at gas stations. But drivers are still wondering why they have to obsess about their fuel gauge 11 days after the storm blew in.
Industry officials say gas supply terminals are closed or operating at reduced capacity. One says New York should have gone to rationing sooner.
Meanwhile, almost 200,000 people were still without power in New York and more than 221,000 in New Jersey.
President Barack Obama says he'll visit storm damage in New York City next Thursday.
Two congressmen are calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to help get power back on Long Island.