NYC Shuts Down Subways As East Coast Braces For Hurricane Sandy

NYC Shuts Down Subways As East Coast Braces For Hurricane Sandy
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‘The mayor of New York has ordered the mandatory evacuation of 375,000 people ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Michael Bloomberg said 72 evacuation centres had been set up around the city in schools and community centers.

Subway, bus and train services will be suspended from 7pm local time and hundreds of flights into the city’s airports have been rerouted or cancelled.

“This is a serious and dangerous storm,” Bloomberg said.  The hurricane is expected to start hitting the area on Monday.

Hurricane Sandy is continuing to head north from the Caribbean – where it has killed 65 people – to threaten the eastern US with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow.

The majority of the deaths have happened in Haiti and the area around Port-au-Prince, which holds most of the 370,000 Haitians who are still living in flimsy shelters as a result of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Officials said 51 people have died there, though the number is expected to rise, after three days of constant rains that ended on Friday.

“This is a disaster of major proportions,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said.

The hurricane is expected to affect up to 60 million people in the US when it meets a winter storm and a cold front, plus high tides from a full moon, and experts said the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles (1,300km) from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

Sandy was at Category one strength, packing 75 mph (120kph) winds, about 260 miles (418km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and moving northeast at 10 mph (16kph) as of 8am (1200 GMT) on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. It was about 395 miles (635km) south of New York City.

The storm has also forced the presidential campaign to juggle schedules. Mitt Romney scrapped plans to campaign in Virginia on Sunday and switched his schedule for the day to Ohio.

First lady Michelle Obama cancelled an appearance in New Hampshire for Tuesday, and President Obama moved a planned departure for Florida to Sunday night from Monday to beat the storm. He also cancelled appearances in Northern Virginia on Monday and Colorado on Tuesday.

Stephen Willard | Elite.

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