(WBNG Binghamton) Shelters opened and tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 50 million people along the Northeast corridor.
Speaking at a newser Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of parts of lower Manhattan, as well as Queens and Staten Island that are located in Zone A.
New York City announced its subways, buses and trains would stop running Sunday night, and its 1.1 million-student school system would be closed on Monday.
He said latest estimates put storm surges at upto 11 feet in the area.
Tens of thousands of people along the coast in Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and other threatened areas were also under orders to clear out because of the danger of as much as a foot of rain, punishing winds of 80 mph and a potentially deadly tidal surge of 4 to 8 feet.
Sandy was headed north from the Caribbean, where it left nearly five dozen people dead, and was expected to hook left toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.
Forecasters warned that the resulting megastorm could wreak havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. Parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina could get snow - 2 feet or more in places.