Nov 1 (Reuters) - Less than 40 percent of all the filling stations in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey were operating on Thursday as a combination of power outages and constricted fuel supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy sparked a frenzied tri-state search for fuel. Mile-long lines of cars on the highway and ill-tempered groups of homeowners clutching red gasoline canisters for generator fuel were common across the region. ``Very few service stations in the Middle Atlantic or New England are equipped with power generators, and motorists cannot pump gas without electricity,'' explained the AAA spokesman. Motoring group AAA gave the following figures for the numbers of stations that were actively selling gasoline.
Number of Stations Percent Operating
Monitored by AAA
New York City 788 35-40 Long Island 1,472 30-35 New York State 5,245 75 New Jersey 2,944 35-40
(Reporting by David Sheppard; Editing by Marguerita Choy)