Hurricane Sandy: East River Nearly At Capacity; Subway Corrosion a "Significant" Concern
|That sign at the bottom of this image is usually completely visible. It's now completely underwater -- and Hurricane Sandy hasn't even made landfall.|
The East River is nearly at capacity, with another "surge" of water that could potentially raise the water level by another 11 feet by 9 p.m.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and other emergency management officials just held a press conference at the governor's New York City office, where they stressed that it's important for residents to not underestimate the storm. They also described concerns with the subway system.
"Salt water and our subway system don't mix," a subway official said this morning.
By noon, winds are expected to reach speeds of 40 to 50 mph, which isn't quite hurricane-strength. By 4 p.m., things are expected to get significantly worse as the storm makes landfall just south of New York City.
By 8 p.m., officials are predicting "tidal flooding," as the surge of water combines with high tides to raise river levels and potentially flood low-lying areas.
By 9 p.m., winds could potentially reach 100 mph.
The MTA has suspended all subway, bus, and rail services in anticipation of the storm, and Governor Cuomo announced this morning that the Holland and Battery tunnels will be closing at 2 p.m.
"People need to realize that this is the calm before the storm," Staten Island borough president James Molinaro said this morning.
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