Don’t worry New York, Super Miranda is here

NEW York, when God decides to wipe you off the map with a superstorm, there’s only one person you can rely on to save the day: an Aussie – in expensive underwear.

Yes, forget Spider-man and The Avengers and don’t even bother calling the police or the fire brigade: Miranda Kerr is the Angel of hour, or at least that’s how The New York Post sees it.

The tabloid cleared its front page for the Aussie supermodel and the headline “Sandy, now snow & ice: God hates us! …but we have an angel”.

Underneath the sexy picture of Kerr at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in New York was the caption “Miranda Kerr is a breath of fresh air amid the weather nightmare”.

Kerr certainly looks like a superhero in her Victoria’s Secret get-up – her revealing emerald green bodice and matching cape is the type of costume you see barely covering most female characters in comic books – but her uncanny powers of wearing lingerie well are unlikely to have much affect on the horrendous weather battering New York.

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The New York Post tries to cheer up a battered and bruised city. Picture: New York Post
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New Yorkers weather the snow storm battering the city just days after Sandy wreaked havoc. Pictures: Splash News

The Post’s front-page salute is probably its way of saying thank you to the model for retweeting the paper’s coverage of superstorm Sandy last week.

Kerr posted a snap of the Post’s issue “Home of the Brave”, which featured New Yorkers flying the American flag in the aftermath of Sandy, an accompanied it with the message: “My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by #hurricanesandy love Miranda xxx.”

Victoria’s Secret also made a donation to relief efforts for Sandy, and sent a big thank you to the National Guard members who are based out of the Lexington Avenue Armory that has for years been home to the show.

Kerr changed into civvies for the Victoria’s Secret after-party, although it looked as if she was over wearing bras for the evening: her clingy, plunging black dress showed off a lot more than she’s been flashing on the catwalk.

She’ll have been extremely cold, though. A snowstorm has left tens of thousands more people without power in the New York region, slowing efforts to overcome the devastation caused by last week’s superstorm.

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Kerr’s outfits look like superhero costumes – well, almost. Pictures: Splash News
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Kerr and Lily Donaldson light up the Victoria’s Secret catwalk in New York. Picture: Splash News

The Department of Energy said 42,633 homes and businesses were without electricity as a result of the Nor’easter gale, which was accompanied by record snowfalls for early November. The total across six states was now 715,205, the federal authority said.

Although dire for people as winter rapidly approaches New England, this was far below the total peak customer outages of 8.6 million reported by the energy department as a result of Sandy and the Nor’easter.

Utility Con Edison said the latest storm “knocked out electricity to approximately 55,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County.”

“Crews were working to restore 67,000 customers from Hurricane Sandy when the latest storm hit,” the utility said. “The new storm temporarily delayed Con Edison’s customer restorations. Crews repairing overhead equipment cannot work safely in high winds.”

On Long Island, where more than a million people lost power during Sandy, there were 203,742 homes and businesses in the dark Thursday. That was well above the figure of 184,000 reported by the Long Island Power Authority on Wednesday, reflecting impact from the new gale.

Meanwhile, New York City authorities reported that the local death toll from Sandy had risen to 41 when an elderly man was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. With tens of thousands of people lacking heat in the city of 8.2 million, many are resorting to the dangerous practice of leaving on gas cooking stoves to provide some warmth.

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Kerr went without a bra for the after-party. Picture: Splash News

Sandy, which began as a deadly hurricane in the Caribbean, pummelled 15 US states and prompted a huge tidal surge that killed at least 110 people in the United States and Canada and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage.

The nor’easter, with driving rain and snow, was much less strong but spread misery in a region where the National Guard and local emergency services are still handing out hundreds of thousands of meals, blankets, water and other vital supplies.

There was a record snowfall of 11.9cm in New York’s Central Park, The Weather Channel reported.

However, with the snow melting and better weather forecast for the coming days, recovery efforts were expected to pick up again quickly.

Airlines that shut down flights around New York on Wednesday were running normally again. John F Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all had minimal delays, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Motorists, however, remained plagued by difficulty in getting fuel supplies.

Although the situation has eased from the initial period following Sandy, 38 per cent of service stations in the New York area still had no fuel, the Department of Energy said.