The situation improved as more stations regained electricity and extra supplies were brought in. State and local officials working with the U.S. Coast Guard during the weekend started to offload 28 million gallons of fuel from tankers — about what the metro area burns on a typical day.
The Defense Department also set up mobile fuel stations across the New York metro area to distribute 12 million gallons of gasoline and 10 million gallons of diesel to run generators.
The gas is free, and each person can take up to 10 gallons.
Those moves should begin to gradually lead the area back to normal. Then, Kloza said, New York area drivers will able to take advantage of the price relief those in the rest of the U.S. already see.
For now, residents of Nassau County on Long Island will pay about 14 cents more per gallon than a week ago while drivers in Bergen County in northeast New Jersey shell out about 13 cents more.
The average price for gasoline Monday in Oklahoma was $3.193 a gallon, nearly 30 cents below the national average, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That is about 45 cents lower than it was a month ago. Drivers in Oklahoma City paid an average of $3.133 a gallon, down from $3.621 last month. Tulsa-area drivers paid an average of $3.102. A month ago, the average price was $3.531.