1:08 pm Oct. 29, 20121
"It may be a good time to just stay hunkered into your home and have a sandwich out of the fridge and sit back and watch television," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, speaking to reporters from Office of Emergency Management headquarters in Brooklyn.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall tonight just south of Atlantic City, which the mayor said means New York City remains well within the "danger zone."
A coastal flood warning is now in effect through 3 p.m. tomorrow, and a high-wind warning is in effect through 6 p.m. tomorrow.
"This is a massive storm," said Bloomberg. "Hurricane-force winds extend some 175 miles in every direction of this center. The storm may strenghten as it meets the cold front approaching from the northwest. And that's when it changes from a tropical storm to a northeaster, which has very big implications for those areas to the west of us and to the north of us."
Storm surges continue to pose the most severe threat to New York City.
"We've already has as much flooding, for example, along the FDR … as we did in Hurricane Irene," said Bloomberg.
The storm surge is expected to peak at around 8 p.m. tonight, which surges reaching as high as 11 feet. Though in neighborhoods along the Long Island Sound, like the South Bronx, the surge will come about four hours later.
The mayor again urged the 375,000 residents of low-lying areas within "Zone A" to evacuate while they still can, and to take their pets with them.
"You can look outside and say, 'Oh, this is not bad,'" said Bloomberg. "That's correct. But it is going to be."
The city has staffed 76 emergency shelters in schools citywide, and about 3,000 people thus far have repaired to them, bringing along with them 73 pets.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up two emergency centers, too.
"Common sense says spend the afternoon indoors reading a good book, watching television, talking to each other, catching up on your sleep," he continued. "But do things indoors."
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