As Hurricane Irene barrels towards New York, speculation abounds about the kind of damage and turmoil it will cause.Is this just a media frenzy or should you actually care?
We’ll be liveblogging updates, but here’s what you need to know:
– New York City is shutting down all public transportation as of noon on Saturday
– It’s deploying 900 soldiers and over 100 vehicles from the New York Army and Air National Guard. to support local police.
– If winds exceed 60mph, they’ll shut down bridges and tunnels
– High winds could blow out windows in skyscrapers, sending shattered glass flying everywhere
– The big concern is the storm surge: subways and other low areas may flood.
More important info:
– This is the first hurricane warning issued for New York City since 1985 for Hurricane Gloria, which hit the city as a Category 2 storm.
– President Obama said in a briefing this morning that this “all indications point to this being a historic hurricane.”
– With the weakening of the storm, the chance that hurricane winds will hit NYC has fallen to 5 per cent.
– Counties along the coast of New Jersey have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents living on barrier islands.
– NYC has a map of evacuation zones, encompassing low-lying areas of the city likely to be hit hardest by Irene.
– The eye of the hurricane is predicted to pass right over Long Island. A 1938 hurricane with much the same path killed 600 people, according to The East Hampton Star.