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Local residents are without electricity or running water for almost a week after an electrical transformer supplying power to downtown areas blew up on the night of the storm. Many of them live in high-rise buildings, up to 30 floors high. A long line of people wait for the distribution of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), the standard military ration, at a playground on Manhattan's Lower East Side. A Salvation Army worker holds MRE's getting ready to hand them out. Tropical Storm Sandy hit New York and other parts of the north eastern United States on the evening of 29 October 2012.