Sunday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that subway, bus, and railroad service would be temporarily shut down at 7 p.m. Sunday night because of Hurricane Sandy and the dangerous winds expected from that storm. Residents are given an update on the storm regularly and thousands of East Coast residents have already been evacuated. Cuomo said that he hopes that this MTA suspension will also keep New Yorkers from being outside. Saturday, Amtrak began to cancel train service to many cities in the East Coast.
52 people have died over the last few days because of Hurricane Sandy and most of those people have been in Haiti and the Caribbean. Many East Coast residents have deemed the storm ‘Frankenstorm’ because of its sheer size and the fact that to hit on right before or on Halloween.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that they expect the shut down to last until about 12 hours Hurricane Sandy ends, and then service will be restored slowly.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie made a similar announcement for New Jersey early Sunday morning and most of their service will be discontinued at 4 p.m. Sunday. He also stated that residents should be prepared to last 7-10 days without services.
High winds, flooding and even snow is expected as a result of the storm and inland to Ohio is expected to be in the storm’s path.
High winds hit the North Carolina coast Sunday morning as the storm continues up the east coast; the worst damage is expected in the North East by Tuesday.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall by late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg told residents to stock up on supplies and stay out of the parks beginning Sunday. He also suspended all construction in the city beginning Saturday night.
Many New Yorkers questioned whether this is just another series of warnings and nothing will follow, but the National Hurricane Center reported that this isn’t a question if the storms will come, but where will they hit with the most damage.
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Sources: The New York Times, NOAA, and ABC News
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