Nightly News | November 12, 2012
>>> it has been two weeks since hurricane sandy came to shore in the northeast. there are still tens of thousands of people without power. entire neighborhoods still torn up from the disaster as the rest of the region adjusts to what governor chris christie said today is the new normal. nbc's rehema ellis is with us today from long beach on long island, good evening, rehema.
>> reporter: good evening, brian, this is the sign of despair in the community, block after block, personal belongings on the sidewalk in front of dark houses. and the mayor of this community says 90% of his residents are in the dark, and it is true of places in connecticut and new jersey, people desperate for the lights to come back on. and for shelter of places in connecticut and utility crews are hard at work, and one time more than a million people were without power, now it is around 54,000. 99% of the customers are expected to have power restored tomorrow evening, and not a moment too soon, for frustrated and angry residents living in the dark and cold for two weeks. thousands in new jersey and connecticut are in shelters, fema has approved $455 million in assistance and in temporary housing. one sign of recovery, the governor of new jersey says the gas rationing will end tomorrow. but for people here, the personal assessment goes on, while new york's governor says the state is looking at $30 billion in economic losses, brian.