New York braces for 11-foot tidal surge

Monday, October 29, 2012
By Paul Martin

Street quiet as city awaits worst of storm later on Monday, Tuesday

By Steve Gelsi and Val Brickates Kennedy
Oct. 29, 2012

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — New York braced for a surge of up to 11 feet of sea water as the approach of Hurricane Sandy forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands from low-lying areas while the region’s transportation infrastructure ground to a halt.

With the city’s massive subway system closed down and the New York Stock Exchange shuttered both on Monday and Tuesday, much of the city was quiet as the storm slowly picked up in power.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the FDR Drive, parts of Lower Manhattan and the Rockaways have already reported flooding. He urged people to leave the low-lying areas of the city that were evacuated over the weekend.

“Conditions are deteriorating rapidly and the window is closing,” Bloomberg said. “It’s just going to get worse and worse.”

The city’s schools will be closed on Tuesday, Bloomberg said.

“The real flooding is going to come tonight,” he said. “You have a full moon, so that exacerbates the problem.”

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