Friday, August 26, 2011

New York braces for Hurricane Irene direct hit with unprecedented evacuation and WHOLE transport network to be suspended - 26th Aug 2011

New York is facing an unprecedented hurricane shutdown as officials ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and a full closure of the city’s public transport network.

The sensational news comes as storm experts and politicians today laid out an apocalyptic warning of what will happen to Manhattan if Hurricane Irene makes a direct hit on New York City.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the entire subway, bus and MTA train network will be shut down from midday Saturday, ahead of the storm's anticipated impact on Sunday.

Experts spelled out fears of grounded transport, floods in the city and smashed skyscraper windows - as President Barack Obama warned the U.S. is about to experience 'a historic hurricane'.

Mayor Bloomberg warned New Yorkers there will be an unprecedented mandatory evacuation of 'Zone A' coastal areas and rest of the Rockaways in 'Zone B' (scroll down for map) by 5pm Saturday.

'We've never done a mandatory evacuation before in any part of this city,' he said. 'The sun is shining but don't be misled - there's a very dangerous storm headed in our direction. Read More