Re: Hurricane Sandy
The gas lines are pretty crazy. A lot of the stations are still closed, but at the ones which are open, there is not only a long line of cars, but a long line of people on foot, wrapped up against the cold, waiting to fill their 2-gallon cans so they can keep their emergency generators going. Formal rationing has begun, and everyone who owns a car knows exactly how much is left in their tank right now.
But people are bearing up very well, at least here in our partially-affected town a few miles inland. Churches, shops, and libraries are crowded with folks trying to stay warm, but everyone seems hopeful. Today we took some food and blankets over to a local church, which wasn't hard. Two folks with minivans were there to drive everyone's donations to a devastated shore town, sacrificing probably two gallons of their own gas in the process.
And things are getting better. More and more people are getting the power back. Some schools have re-opened. (Some have not.)