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“It gets a little humid, but it’s not bad,” he said. “I’m staying. Nothing can be worse than what happened last week.”

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said it wasn’t wise to stay put. “I think your life is more important than property,” he said.

Police have arrested 123 people citywide since the storm blew in last week, 54 burglary arrests and 41 others stemming from gas line disputes, Commissioner Kelly said. Most were in areas suffering from the storm.

“You would think, under the circumstances, you would see much more,” he said. “We haven’t seen that.”

Burglaries were up 6 percent citywide compared with the similar period last year, but overall crime was down 27 percent, police said.

Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Malcolm Ritter, Eileen AJ Connelly and Jennifer Peltz in New York and Larry Neumeister and Frank Eltman on Long Island.