The New York City subway system, hit by unprecedented damage from the storm, will remain closed for “a good four or five days,” and schools will be closed again on Wednesday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Tuesday morning.
The mayor said, however, that he hoped some bus service would be restored by Tuesday afternoon, and that he hoped to announce full restoration of bus service by Wednesday.
Other highlights from the mayor’s 11 a.m. briefing:
Death toll: Now stands at 10
Breezy Point fires: The blazes that destroyed more than 80 homes overnight in the Rockaways are finally under control. “It looked like a forest fire out in the Midwest,” the mayor said.
Other fires: At least 23 major fires elsewhere in the city.
Tap water: Safe to drink, but heavily chlorinated so it will taste different.
Group cabs: An executive order was signed, allowing yellow cabs to pick up multiple passengers at multiple points, and allowing livery cars to pick up street hails.
Power: At least 750,000 New York City residents are without power, including residents of 59 public-housing buildings.
Shelters: More than 6,100 people are now at 76 shelters.