Hurricane Sandy Tracker

October 29, 2012 by  

Hurricane Sandy Tracker, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the city’s public schools would be shuttered again on Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy continues to barrel toward the East Coast.

New York schools were closed on Monday, Bloomberg announced Sunday, and the closure will extend at least one more day, as mass transit systems are shut down and officials don’t know when to expect a return to service.

A storm surge as large as 11 feet tall is expected to pound New York City after 4 p.m. today, and wind gusts could reach speeds as fast as 85 mph, according to a report from The Daily Mail.

To prepare for the storm’s effects, the New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority shut down the city’s subway system at 7 p.m. on Sunday, and all tunnels into and out of the city will be closed 2 p.m. on Monday.

The city has also called for evacuations of residents in Zone A, the part of New York with the highest danger for flooding when the storm surge hits. More than 375,000 residents were told to evacuate from Lower Manhattan and other parts of the city.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned residents they will face hardship during the storm, but he promised the city and state government is working tirelessly to minimize damage and ensure a speedy return to normalcy.

“The worst is still to come,” Cuomo said. “We are known for our toughness, but we have a sense of community that is very inspirational.”

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