Evacuations begins in parts of NYC
Transit officials have a mind start shutting down subways, buses and commuter trains at noon Saturday and the city ordered mandatory evacuations of some 300,000 the masses in low-lying areas as Hurricane Irene took intention at New York.
“This is a mandatory order,” Mayor Bloomberg said at a City Hall briefing. “It’s performed for people’s safety.”
The office of the christian ministry apply to low-lying areas in entirely five boroughs – including Coney Island, Battery Park City, Broad Channel and the Rockaways – and shelters were suit to open Friday afternoon.
The inundate-risk areas must be cleared away by 5 p.m. Saturday.
“We grant not have the manpower to reach door to door and drag people out of their homes,” Bloomberg afore~. “But make no mistake, people should… leave.”
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The evacuations came in the same proportion that the MTA prepared to start shutting down mass transit, including Access-A-Ride — at noon Saturday.
Bridges, the New York State Thruway and other major highways are also set to subsist shut down if winds exceed 60 mph.
“We are completely committed and we are preparing during the term of the worst tomorrow,” Gov. Cuomo said.
Meteorologists predict the menacing storm would collide the Carolinas Saturday, then would barrel up the East Coast and take bent at New York on Sunday.
“In some sense, it is the calm in front of the storm,” Bloomberg said.
The be unconsumed hurricane to strike New York was Hurricane Gloria, that lashed Long Island in 1985 with winds reaching 100 mph.
Irene is predicted to arrive ashore early Sunday as a Category 1 tornado – with winds up to 95 mph.
Shoppers in the Rockaways capital up. (Seth Wenig/AP)
As Cuomo declared a situation of emergency for New York, hospitals and nursing homes in vile-lying areas also were transferring patients and residents to higher account.
At Coney Island Hospital, which was impart to shut down by Friday obscurity, 241 patients were transferred to other facilities around the city.
While the show was estimate to go on at the incorporated town’s Broadway theaters, there were various other cancellations:
The Mets called over Sunday and Monday’s games at Citi Field.
Hundreds of flights were canceled, starting Saturday.
Saturday and Sunday concerts headlined ~ the agency of the Dave Matthews Band at Governors Island were postponed.
A shutdown was ordered in c~tinuance all work at construction sites in the incorporated town from 2 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Monday.
Bloomberg urged New Yorkers to stay indoors and to fight shy of going in the water.
“Please, please, please, please put on’t go in the water,” he said. “That is just a tragedy abeyance to happen.”
Hurricane Irene is at that time approaching the Carolinas. (NOAA)
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