NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — The fight for fuel after Superstorm Sandy is starting to get nasty.
New York City authorities say a motorist was arrested after he tried to cut in line at a gas station in Queens early Thursday and pointed a pistol at another motorist who complained.
People wait in a line of vehicles stretching around several blocks to a Hess gas station on November 1, 2012 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Hurricane victims continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall along the New Jersey shore, and left parts of the state and the surrounding area flooded and without power. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 35-year-old Sean Bailey, of Queens, was arrested on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn’t clear whether he had a lawyer. If convicted, Bailey could face up to 15 years in prison.
Damage from the storm has forced many gas stations to close and has disrupted fuel deliveries, causing long lines at the gas stations that remained open.
On Friday, long lines formed in suburban New York’s Westchester County as early as 6 a.m.
Dozens of cars snaked along the breakdown lane of an expressway waiting for gas at a rest stop in Yonkers. On the other side of the highway, about 30 cars lined up on an exit lane trying to get into a gas station, interrupting traffic.
Cars wait in line for fuel at a Gulf gas station on November 1, 2012 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The US death toll from Hurricane Sandy rose to at least 85 as New York reported a major jump in fatalities caused by Monday’s storm. Fuel shortages led to long lines of cars at gasoline stations in many states and the country faced a storm bill of tens of billions of dollars. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
In the village of Elmsford, lines also formed at the few gas stations that remain open. Yellow tape is pulled across driveways of stations that are closed.
Power outages and flooding from the storm have forced many gas stations to close and disrupted the flow of fuel from refineries to ones that are open.