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Thousands of New Yorkers to remain without power as new storm looms

Rockaway residents stay warm by a fire during

Rockaway residents stay warm by a fire during near freezing temperatures. (Getty) (Credit: Rockaway residents stay warm by a fire during near freezing temperatures. (Getty))

Nearly 100,000 people in the city are still in the dark from Hurricane Sandy's aftermath and tomorrow's storm may prevent that number from dropping.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 24,000 ConEd customers regained power Tuesday but it was 95,000 customers, most of whom are in Staten Island and Queens, are still waiting for electricity to return.

Nearly 200,000 LIPA customers, which include residents in the hard hit Rockaways, also don't have power. The mayor couldn't give any timetable for those residents, however, a source in the Rockaways said the lights may not come back on till Wednesday.

Despite the wait, Bloomberg tried to calm residents' nerves.

"Please remain patient," he said"

The mayor urged displaced New Yorkers to head to the numerous heating centers.

"If you are elderly, or have an infant under a year old, or have heart disease or other such medical conditions, make sure you are in a warm place," he said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was one of the millions who couldn't hold back his frustration with the sluggish restoration response.

The governor, who called the response "inadequate," reiterated in a news conference Tuesday that he will hold the state's utilities accountable for their actions during the storm.

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