Officials Warn New Yorkers: Stay Inside

By Pam Martens: October 30, 2012

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At 6 a.m., New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that there are 1,943,572 New Yorkers without power.  Con Ed is reporting that power is out in lower Manhattan below 39th Street with an estimated 250,000 people in Manhattan without power.  The MTA is reporting massive flooding in New York City subways and tunnels. 

New York City is urging all residents to remain indoors, avoid use of elevators and stay away from windows as a precaution against flying debris. The following updates have been posted by New York City: 

  • Alternate Side Parking regulations (street cleaning) will be suspended citywide on Tuesday, 10/30. Payment at parking meters is also suspended throughout the city on Tuesday, 10/30.
  • The MTA has shut down all subway, bus, and commuter railroad service and likely will remain closed throughout Tuesday. 
  • The Staten Island Ferry service is suspended until further notice.
  • East River Ferry service is suspended. 
  • NJ Transit has implemented a gradual system-wide shutdown of all bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link service. 
  • All PATH train service and stations have shut down. 
  • Amtrak has canceled Northeast Corridor service north of NYC, and nearly all service on the eastern seaboard, including Acela Express Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle trains. 
  • The Holland and Hugh Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnels are closed. 
  • The Tappan Zee Bridge is closed.
  • FDR Drive from Battery to 155th Street is closed.
  • The George Washington, Verrazano-Narrows, Throgs Neck, Whitestone, and Henry Hudson Bridges are closed.
  • The East River Bridges – the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Ed Koch-Queensboro bridge – have closed. After 7 pm, only emergency vehicles will be permitted on those bridges.

For ongoing updates, visit these web sites: 

New York City Office of Emergency Management Updates 

Con Edison’s Storm Central Web Site 

National Weather Service 

National Hurricane Center 

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