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This Oct. 30, 2012, photo provided by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) shows a flooded escalator in the South Ferry station of the No. 1 subway line, in lower Manhattan, after Superstorm Sandy passed through New York. Floodwaters that poured into New York's deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city's recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system's 108-year history but on Wednesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced limited subway service will resume on Thursday. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Mass transit storm damage

New York City's massive public transit network has been crippled. Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded in the course of the

storm, the Metro-North Railroad lost power in sections of its lines and

the Long Island Rail Road sustained flooding in one East River tunnel

and evacuated its West Side Yards, according to the statement. Much of air and rail service has been canceled, and millions of public transit commuters are without service, as transit systems are struggling to resume service.