When it comes to extreme weather, the United States doesn’t take things lightly. They always prepare for the worst and this time, a new threat is nearing New York.
That threat is Hurricane Sandy. Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane and already has a nickname of The Perfect Storm, Superstorm and Frankenstorm. She is expected to make landfall today, October 29, 2012. She is expected to bring maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and will be moving northeast at 15 mph.
New York Mayorand New Jersey Governor have released official statements with their plans. Bloomberg said that he has issued an immediate and mandatory evacuation for low-lying coastal areas. Areas like the rockaways, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Red Hook and parts of lower Manhattan. He added that if the people in those areas don’t evacuate, they are not just putting their lives at risk but the lives of the rescuers as well.
Governor Christie’s message was plain and simple. He said don’t be stupid. He suspended the state’s transit system and New York Governoralso suspended the MTA service which includes subways, buses, Long Island Railroad and Metro North last Sunday at 7:00 p.m. schools and even the New York Stock exchange will be closed because of the Hurricane.
But according to experts, New York is not the only area that needs to prepare. With a hurricane this big, expect a bigger affected area. Storm warnings have been disseminated to Virginia, Massachusetts, Cape Fear to Duck, N.C. water levels are also expected to rise from 1 feet to 12 feet in the areas of North Carolina to Cape Cod. As of now, Hurricane Sandy is 280 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
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