Live updates are being posted throughout the day in the NYC Area Weather Twitter page.
Breaking News – Bloomberg orders a mandatory evacuation of Zone A in NYC. Find your evacuation zone here. NYC Public schools have been closed for Monday, and mass transit in NYC will be suspended starting at 7 PM tonight.
1:30 PM: NJ Transit will begin a system-wide shut down of its bus, rail and light rail services starting at 4 PM, with a full shut down by 2 AM. No decision has been made yet regarding resumption of services. Read the full article here.
5:20 PM: If you have not prepared or evacuated, NOW is the time to do so. Mass transit is beginning to shut down, and tunnels and bridges in and out of NYC are likely to be closed as well. Conditions will only worsen tonight and throughout the day on Monday, with the peak in the evening and early overnight hours. Sandy is expected to be worse than Irene, with a longer duration, a significant storm surge of 6 to 11 feet for coastal areas, and widespread wind gusts between 60-75 mph across the area, potentially getting as high as 85-95 mph for coastal areas.
The final forecast discussion on Sandy will be posted late this evening. Live storm updates will be posted throughout Monday afternoon and evening unless I lose power, in which case updates will be suspended.
7:41 PM: Jersey City, NJ orders mandatory evacuation of low lying areas and flood zones by Monday morning. Hoboken, NJ also has mandatory evacuations of ground floor apartments by midnight.