The governor of the state of New York Andrew Cuomo says thousands of people living in homes without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy will need temporary housing as colder weather settles in and temperatures start to drop.
The mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said between 30,000 and 40,000 people just in that city will likely need temporary housing.
As overnight temperatures drop near freezing, Bloomberg said the cold was the "most pressing" challenge in the aftermath of the storm.
At least 111 deaths were blamed on Sandy in the United States -- including 41 in New York City.
Tens of thousands of people remain homeless or are living without power, running water, and transportation in the northeastern United States.
Based on reporting by AP and dpa