UPDATE: The NOAA National Hurricane Center has warned that the deadly Hurricane Sandy is now moments away from the U.S. East Coast shores, with landfall expected by early this evening. The epicenter of Sandy is moving towards Cape May, New Jersey, with northern-most states to be hit the hardest as the storm circulates counter-clockwise. The superstorm threatening 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, New York City has been virtually deserted since Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked 375,000 people along the water to evacuate.
As of 4:00PM EDT, Hurricane Sandy was reported moving at a rate of 28 miles-per-hour, sustaining 90 mile-per-hour winds. Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate immediately, with the seizure of major transportation affecting many in New England. Power outages, flood warnings and high wind advisories are in effect. Over 9,000 airline flights have been canceled due to the storm, and three major cities have completely stopped public transit encouraging residents to stay in their homes.
Florida native and pro surfer, Evan Geiselman, posted this image from the Florida hurricane swell:
A superstorm threatening 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation. NBC reported from Battery Park City, one of New York City’s most vulnerable flood zones, where water is already beginning to wash up onto the promenade. The area has been virtually deserted since Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked 375,000 people along the water to evacuate.
New York City residents in Zone A (areas of New York near sea level) have been ordered to evacuate:
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Information on Hurricane Sandy form the NOAA National Hurricane Center.