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New York mayor - too late to flee Sandy

2012-10-29 20:21

New York - New York mayor Michael Bloomberg warned on Monday that it was becoming "too late" to get away from floods from Hurricane Sandy as winds and sea levels rose.

Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation order for 375 000 people in zones at risk of floods but few have left their homes in the mainly sea-front districts.

"Conditions are deteriorating very rapidly and the window for getting out safely is closing," Bloomberg told a press conference. "It's getting too late to leave," he added.

Bloomberg said there were 16 000 beds in emergency shelters set up in 76 schools across New York but only 3 000 people and 73 pets had spent Sunday night there.

The mayor said there could be a storm surge of 3.3-3.6m in southern Manhattan late on Monday. The evening high tide could bring waves of 4.5-6.0m.

All public transport has been suspended in New York because of the major storm, some major roads in Manhattan had already been closed and two of the three Manhattan island road tunnels were to close at 18:00 GMT.

Comments
  • Teuneman - 2012-10-29 20:33

    The day after tomorrow...

  • Marcel Marais - 2012-10-29 20:46

    friends lets unite and pray for these people!!! PLEASE LORD WE ASK OF YOU TO KEEP THESE PEOLE SAVE AMEN

  • Billy - 2012-10-29 20:48

    goodluck guys! be smart!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-29 20:56

    Major Bloomberg said those people that are in the Zone A as he called it was supposed to get out of the area way,way sooner.No broadway shows gonna be on tonight,all the parks in New York had been closed down,schools,public libraries etc all shut at the moment since this thing started.He said the rising water was gonna rise to about 11 feet high and just engulfing over bridges etc and the sea water was even taking in most of the beach sand too.Power cuts to buildings was to be huge and people that lives on machines are in serious risks for their lives.

  • supermagondovious - 2012-10-29 20:57

    may almight God be with them-Amen*sad*

      lee.hassell.10 - 2012-10-29 21:12

      May God

      louise.sorensen.31 - 2012-10-29 22:15

      Please God keep these people safe!! Bless and protect them please!! Amen!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-29 22:16

      @DelusionBuster Take your k^k hatred for God and shove it up your a**e.YOU ****ING MORON.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-29 22:56

      @sean. I take it you're a Christian?

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-30 00:53

      People could die or lose their homes yet you figure that now's a good time to slobber your fairy tales all over the place?

  • motleleng - 2012-10-29 21:18

    Saddam and Bin Laden must be celebrating...\r\nGod bless America and no one else ! ! !

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-30 00:58

      How can they be celebrating when they're dead?

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