Hurricane Sandy continues to churn up the East coast, and, weather forecasters now believe that the Category 1 Hurricane will make landfall somewhere between Delaware and the New Jersey shore line. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has already declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. The storm is expected to bring 60 to 75 mph wind gusts, although some winds gusts could be higher. Extensive flooding is expected along with power outages throughout New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County.
Some meteorologists are predicting that Hurricane Sandy will be worse than “The Perfect Storm” of 1991 since the Hurricane will be combining with a Nor’easter – a weather phenomenon that is very rarely seen. The storm is massive in size, and, is expected to impact 60 million people living on the East coast of the United States.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is urging both residents and tourists to use the remaining time to prepare for the storm. Announcements from Mayor Bloomberg’s office regarding school closings and mass transit reductions or even shut-down plans are expect sometime today.
Impact on Travel – Massive Cancellations & Delays Expected
The impact Hurricane Sandy will have on nearly all forms of transportation is expected to be extensive. Flight delays and cancellations are already taking place, and, it will only get worse as the storm closes in on the Northeast. Air travelers are urged to change flights now and make arrangements for shelter until the storms passes. AMTRAK has already begun cancelling trains and more are expected to follow.
AMTRAK Cancellations for Sunday & Monday
AMTRAK already has the following trains cancelled for today (Sunday, October 28, 2012 and Monday, October 29, 2012):
(Quoted directly from Amtrak.com)
“Origination dates of Sunday, Oct. 28
Canceled between Richmond and Newport News, Va.: Northeast Regional Train 99
Canceled between Chicago and Washington D.C.: Capitol Limited Train 30
Canceled between Miami and New York: Silver Star Train 92
Canceled between Washington D.C. and New York: Silver Meteor Train 98 and Crescent Train 20
Origination dates of Monday, Oct. 29
Canceled between Washington D.C. and Chicago: Capitol Limited Train 29″
For more information including airline phone numbers, and, other travel information (including how travelers should prepare) visit the following article:
Hurricane Sandy will impact NYC and other East Coast USA travel: http://quadrust.com/article/hurricane-sandy-will-impact-nyc-and-other-east-coast-usa-travel