Los Angeles, CA (Reuters) – Traffic on Interstate 10 south of downtown LA was largely in a state of limbo on Friday, as crews worked to clear the streets and restore power in the heavily storm-damaged city following Hurricane Sandy.

At a news conference in the southern California city, Governor Gavin Newsom said traffic on I-10 was “still a problem” as crews continued to rebuild roads.

“It’s really a very difficult situation,” he said.

But the city was expected to be back to normal by Saturday afternoon.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is visiting Los Angeles this week, said his city was operating “extremely well”.

“It is important to point out that the city is not closed yet, and that we have a lot of work to do,” de Blasio said.

“We have an active construction team that is going to be doing a lot more work on the north side, and on the south side we have our crews working on that as well.”

It’s a very, very complicated situation that we’re still dealing with.” 

Los Angeles was battered by a powerful storm that left at least three people dead and caused millions of dollars in damage to buildings, roads and utilities.

There is no major impacts on our city, but the storm is expected to become a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall,” the weather service said in a statement.