Officials are saying that Hurricane Irene is about to lose it's mind on NYC, so they're calling for the N.Y. transit system to probably close by noon on Saturday.
Officials said the subway shutdown was prompted mainly by wind calculations that suggested the hurricane could endanger subway cars where they run above ground. The commuter rail lines that serve Long Island, Westchester County and Connecticut will also be shut down, as will commuter rail lines — but not buses — in New Jersey.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation — something he said the city had never done before — of coastal areas in Brooklyn; Queens, including all of the Rockaways; and Staten Island, along with Battery Park City and the financial district in Lower Manhattan and Governor’s Island. The evacuation covered 250,000 people who, he said, should get out before the storm swept in.
“You only have to look at the weather maps to understand how big this storm is and how unique it is,” the mayor said at a news conference, “and it’s heading basically for us.”
“If you’re in its way,” he said, “it’s a lot more powerful than any of us.”
Everyone has to stay safe in NY. Don't do anything risky, take the proper precautions. Risking your life is not worth it.
Even half a dozen bridges are in danger of closing if the winds reach a certain speed!
This is no joke guys. Be smart, and be safe!!
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