Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered as many as 375,000 New Yorkers to head for the hills before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
At a press conference Sunday, Michael Bloomberg said some 375,000
people in a number of coastal areas including Coney Island, lower
Manhattan and parts of the Queens neighbourhood would need to leave
their homes. He said those affected would have to stay with family and
friends outside of the evacuation area or at one of the 72 shelters the
city has set up.
Officials in New York have also ordered the closure of its public
transportation system, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, causing
problems for those trying to leave the affected area on buses and
"There really is a timeline when if you don’t get there before they
stop, you’re going to have to find other ways to get out," Bloomberg
said. He added that those who stay behind are putting their own lives at
risk as well as those of any emergency personnel if they need to enter
the affected areas.