Large and dangerous Sandy: mandatory evacuations, limited transportation, closed schools
The size and track of Sandy leads the experts and government officials to conclude that it will be dangerous. The heavy wind and rains increase the likelihood of flooding, fallen trees, blocked roads and power outages, so weather conditions should be closely monitored. Do not take this storm lightly. Monitor its progress and follow the guidance provided by Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and/or your County Executive.
Mandatory Evacuation. In New York City, low-lying areas include: Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, and Red Hook and other areas along the East River in Brooklyn; all of the Rockaways, and also Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel in Queens; almost all the coastal areas of Staten Island; City Island, a small patch of Throgs Neck, and other patches of the South Bronx; and Battery Park City and stretches of the West Side waterfront and of the Lower East Side and East Village in Manhattan. Those living outside of NYC should check the Nassau (including evacuation routes), Suffolk or Westchester emergency websites.
Transportation. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will begin the orderly suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service at 7 p.m. Sunday to protect customers, employees and equipment from the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
The New York City subway system will begin to curtail service after 7 p.m., and the New York City bus system within the following two hours. Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will start their final trains by 7 p.m. Subway and railway stations will be closed after the last trains.
Depending on the impact of the storm, officials may close bridges and tunnels to traffic.
Schools. Due to anticipated severe weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy, all New York City public schools will be closed to students Monday, October 29. Administrative offices will be open. All after-school activities and Public Schools Athletic League events will also be cancelled. We are asking that school staff and employees assigned to a shelter site to report to their posts.
A determination about whether schools will open on Tuesday will be made on Monday, so please continue to monitor the news and nyc.gov for updates to the City’s preparations and response.
Most non-public schools follow the lead of the public schools and will be closed. Parents should check with their children’s schools for a final determination. Many universities and colleges announced that they will be closed on Monday.
Forecast. As of 2:00 PM on Sunday the National Weather Service forecast for NYC:
- Sunday afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.
- Sunday night. A chance of light rain, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Windy, with a northeast wind 26 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
- Monday. Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 58. Very windy, with a northeast wind 39 to 43 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
- Monday Night. Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 55. Very windy, with a northeast wind 45 to 50 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
- Tuesday. Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 55. Very windy, with a southeast wind 37 to 43 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Tuesday Night. Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
The JCRC-NY recommends:
- Be informed. Broadcast and print media are doing a good job, but storms can be unpredictable. Pay attention to the updates. For preparation planning tips, see information from NYC, Nassau (including evacuation routes), Suffolk and Westchester.
- Do you live in an evacuation zone? If you do, determine where you will go and how you will get there if there is an evacuation. If you have pets, you should prepare for them as well.
- Plan and Prepare.
- Stockpile food, water and medicine. Organizations should alert their members and suggest that they top off their food supply and check that they have sufficient medication on hand in the event that they can’t leave the house. People should also have a reserve of water (it’s a good idea to freeze water in gallon plastic bags which can help to prevent the food in your refrigerator from spoiling in the event of a power outage).
- Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for Home and a Go-Bag for Evacuation
- Preparea Personal Evacuation Plan
- Develop a Family Communications Plan
- Prepare your organizations for power outages