Mandatory Evacuations Being Issued For Parts of NYC, Delaware, Connecticut

Governments are issuing mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zone A of NYC metro, parts of Delaware and Connecticut. NYC will shut down all public transit at 7pm tonight. NYC opened 65 shelters and wants everyone out of low lying shoreline areas before the initial parts of Sandy hit. The evacuation order was given about mid-day today, giving people about 6 hours to get out.

Roads in some coast areas are seeing slowdowns but over all traffic appears to still be moving in the NYC area.

The state of NY issued these details about the mandatory evacuation: “Residents of the city’s “Zone A” area are ordered to leave by 7 p.m. Sunday. This area includes Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Red Hook and other areas along the East River in Brooklyn; all of the Rockaways, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel in Queens; nearly all of the coastal areas of Staten Island; some patches of the South Bronx; and Battery Park City and portions of Lower Manhattan.”

The Long Island Power Authority has instructed residents to expect power outages to last a week to 10 days.  Some roads are being turned into all one direction to facilitate evacuation.
Route 878, the Nassau Expressway, will flow only northbound beginning at 4 p.m.

More on the details of evacuations and expected storm impact can be found here.

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