Nearly seven million residents of the Northeast are still without power today, but their neighbors are doing their best to try and resume their normal lives following the disaster of Hurricane Sandy.
As of Wednesday morning, most of lower Manhattan remains without power, with several more days of outages expected. Much of the rest of New York City, aside from some coastal and low-lying areas, does have power, but with the subway system shut down many business will have a hard time opening as employees can't get to work. Subways can't be restarted until power is restored, and power can't be restored until all underground tunnels are dry and it appears we're still a long way from that.
Despite all of that, the region is slowly trying get back to normal. Companies that have power are trying to get employees who can make it back to work today. Bus service has resumed, but schedules are limited and some routes are blocked and will have to detour. (The good news is that fares have been waived today.) Clean up efforts are underway and insurance companies are starting to add up the damage. Estimates at the moment range as high as $15 billion in insured property losses and another $20 billion in lost economic activity.