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The Boss To Headline TV Benefit Concert Tonight For The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy
November 2, 2012
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A benefit concert is being held tonight for the people who've had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy.

The concert called 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' is to raise money for the American Red Cross.

It will feature performances by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi - who are both from New Jersey - as well as Billy Joel who's from New York.

Also taking part in the show are Sting, Christina Aguilera and Jimmy Fallon. 'Today Show' anchor Matt Lauer is hosting the event.

Actor Edward Norton also has started a fundraising initiative on

Officials say the total damage from Sandy could run as high as $50 billion. That would make it the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after Hurricane Katrina.

The New York Times has released a time lapse video of Hurricane Sandy roaring into the city. Take a look.

Meanwhile, life in New York City is slowly coming back to normal six days after the storm hit.

The city has reopened parts of the subway system. But some stations are still closed.

A top New York transit official looks around a subway station, that was filled with 20 feet of water. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The three major airports are open again. The New York Stock exchange is open. Broadway shows are playing again. And the Staten Island Ferry has started up again.

But it certainly isn't business as usual. Buses and trains are absolutely packed, although the fares are free for now.

Traffic is backed up for miles. To try to ease congestion, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered people to share cars until further notice.

People must have three or more people in their car to get into Manhattan. If they don't, police turn them away.

Thousands of other people are just walking - sometimes for hours - to get where they need to go.

As of today, about four million homes and businesses were without power - down from 8-and-a-half million.

The Manhattan skyline one day after Hurricane Sandy hit. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

Much of downtown Manhattan is still in the dark - roughly south of the Empire State Building after floodwaters had knocked out electricity.

The U.S. army is in Manhattan and the U.S. air force is flying hydro trucks in from California to help restore power.

Authorities are hoping to have it restored by tomorrow. In New Jersey, officials say power might not be fully restored until late next week.

There are also serious concerns for the poor and the elderly. Many are trapped on the upper floors of their high-rise apartments. The hallways and stairwells are pitch-black, the elevators aren't working and it's cold. And temperatures at night have dropped to 4 C.

New York's governor has ordered free food and drinking water to be delivered to those who need it most.

In some cases, people have to get water from fire hydrants and carry it up 10, 20 or 30 flights of stairs in the dark.

One woman, 75-year-old Mary Wilson, walked downstairs from her 19th floor apartment in Chelsea. She didn't have any bottled water left and felt like she was going to faint.

"I did a lot of praying: 'Help me to get to the main floor.' Now I've got to pray to get to the top," she said. "I said, 'I'll go down today or they'll find me dead."'

Plus, the lineups for gas are huge because of shortages partly because there's no power and partly because refineries were closed before the storm, so delivery is behind.

As well, people are filling up generators, which are their only source of power and heat.


Even New York's Taxi Commission is warning it's going to have to pull cars off the road, because there's not enough gas.

City officials said they've got a deal with a major gas supplier so that fire, police, sanitation and clean up crews won't run out.

It's even worse in New Jersey. There, the lineups are up to a mile long with hundreds of cars backed up at stations throughout the state.

A gas station in Madison, New Jersey as people wait in line for two hours to get gas for their generators. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Trouble is, about 60 per cent of stations in New Jersey are closed.

On gas station owner, Abhishek Soni, told the New York Times "I've been pumping gas for 36 hours; I pumped 17,000 gallons. My nose, my mouth is bleeding from the fumes."

On top of that, fights have broken out. Soni had to call the police and turn off the pumps for 45 minutes, just to calm things down.

Some cars have just run out of gas waiting in line.

Governor Chris Christie said President Obama has sent 250,000 gallons of gas and 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel to New Jersey through the U.S. Defense Department.

Obama has promised to send more if need be.

In Paterson, N.J., the state's third-largest city, the Police Department is trying to negotiate emergency contracts for gas.

If it can't get that done, it says it will have to siphon gas from other city vehicles just to keep police cruisers running.

In other cases, people are driving for hours into other states to try to find gas.

Aside from all that, New Jersey's Atlantic coastline is devastated.

A damaged amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Wrecked houses, destroyed businesses, flooded streets, damaged utilities.

A couple walks through the debris on Route 35 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

People across the state are being urged to conserve water. At least 1.7 million customers woke up today with no power.

Across the Hudson River from New York, in Hoboken, New Jersey about 20,000 people had stayed in their homes and were trapped by floodwaters.

The U.S. National Guard is helping to get people out. Officials are also warning people not to walk around in water because of raw sewage and chemicals.

Burnt houses next to others that survived the storm in Breezy Point, Queens. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)

The Atlantic gathered together a lot of the above photos. You can see a lot of more of them here. They're quite powerful. has also put together a series of photos to give you a Before and After look at Hurricane Sandy. Check them out here.

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