NYC may evacuate 375,000 ahead of Hurricane Sandy

Saturday, October 27, 2012
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Sandy may force evacuations in NYC
Virginia, N.C. declare emergencies; NYSE making contingency plans

By Steve Gelsi and Val Brickates Kennedy
Oct. 26, 2012

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to decide as early as Saturday whether to order evacuation of 375,000 residents from low-lying areas of the city’s five boroughs, according to media reports, as the monster Hurricane Sandy continued moving north along the Eastern Seaboard.

As Bloomberg was discussing the city’s plans to cope with Sandy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the entire state on Friday evening, the New York Daily News reported in its online edition.

Those were part of the prepara tory steps being taken throughout much of East, New England and Midwest in anticipation of weather forecasters’ predictions that the Category 1 hurricane Sandy, as it approaches the New York area Sunday or Monday, could merge with a snow-bearing cold front moving down to from Canada to form a huge, devastating “Frankenstorm.”

As of 11 p.m. Eastern on Friday, the eye of the storm was reported 395 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., moving north at 7 mph. The storm was packing 75-mph winds, and the National Weather Service tropical-storm-force winds extended 415 miles from the center. The storm was expected to pick up some speed Saturday, but also lose some strength, perhaps weakening to a tropical storm, the weather service said. Click here for National Hurricane Center.

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