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Monday, October 29, 2012

NY - Hurricane Sandy Updates

*The Holland and Brooklyn Battery Park tunnels will close at 2 p.m.

*New York bridges are still open but could close at any moment if gusts reach 60 mph.

*Cops shut down Cross Bay Boulevard between 163rd and 165th Avenues, because even a light rain caused two-foot-high flooding.

*Millions of New Yorkers grappled with mandatory evacuations everywhere from Battery Park City to Coney Island to the Rockaways, a total mass-transit shutdown, and widespread school and service closures.

*Flooding has forced officials to close a section of the Garden State Parkway.

*The parkway is closed in both directions south of the Atlantic City Expressway at Exit 38.

*City schools are closed, along with CUNY, Columbia, NYU and several other institutions.

*Rail and bus service is nonexistent. Metro-North, LIRR, NJ Transit, PATH and Amtrak service across the Northeast is shut down, as is the Staten Island Ferry.

*City-area airports were still open late last night but were expecting only a handful of flights. Just about all flights today have been cancelled.

*All city courts were closed, too, except for arraignments and emergency applications.

*But city government offices were expected to be open. Mayor Bloomberg said city workers were supposed to show up.

*Major movie-house chains, including AMC, Clearview and City Cinemas, also closed their theaters.

*All public libraries in the city are closed.

*In New Jersey, Atlantic City’s 12 casinos are shuttered for only the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling there.

*The New York Stock Exchange, which originally had planned to conduct electronic trading, will be completely shut. The last time the Big Board was closed because of weather was during 1985’s Hurricane Gloria.

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