Major cities on America's East Coast, including New York and Washington, are bracing for the impact of US Hurricane Sandy. It could become the largest storm ever to hit the US. The superstorm could affect 50-million people.
It has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean.
Millions of New Yorkers have been urged to stay indoors as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the east coast of America. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of close on 400 000 people in low-lying areas threatened by the hurricane, dubbed Frankenstorm.
“I cannot stress enough that this is for your own safety and if you refuse to evacuate you're not only putting yourself at risk but also the first responders who will have to assist you in an emergency,” says Bloomberg.
The storm is expected to cause severe flooding. Hundreds of flights into airports along the US east coast have been cancelled.
“I cannot stress enough that this is for your own safety and if you refuse to evacuate you're not only putting yourself at risk
The New York stock exchange has announced that both floor and electronic trading will close today as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which is closing in on America's heavily populated East Coast.
Earlier, the Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo ordered the city's mass transit system shuttered, as public schools, the United Nations, the New York Stock exchange and businesses across the city closed shop. “I am announcing that MTA will suspend bus, subway and commuter rail services, that includes the New York City subway system, bus and all metro north and long island and rail road service,” says Cuomo.
With mass transit out of commission and New York shut down for business, Sandy, as expected will be the talk of the town.