Hurricane Sandy Update: Closures and Latest Storm Path (Live Blog)

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In the latest Hurricane Sandy update, due to the cyclone’s projected storm path, New York Mayor Bloomberg issued a state of emergency. A number of closures and evacuations have been issued. Follow along in the Live Blog for updates.

In an October 28 live news conference from CNN, Bloomberg updated New York City residents about the impact of the approaching storm, referred to as a “Frankenstorm.”

Hurricane Sandy’s projected storm path takes it along the Eastern Seaboard, towards the Mid-Atlantic and possibly New England regions. The weather system has many on edge as the monster-storm approaches. Who knew a hurricane this late in the season would affect the East Coast, typically it’s a Gulf Coast concern?

Hurricane Sandy GOES-13 Oct 24 2012 1445zThe latest weather update on the cyclone at 4:26 p.m. EDT has the storm about 300 miles off the Long Island shores of New York.

With sustained hurricane-force winds at 75 mph and gusts up to 90 mph, city officials are concerned. Already, at least nine states have declared states of emergency ahead of the deadly storm that has claimed more than 40 lives.

Even Romney and Obama canceled fund raising events planned in areas that may be impacted by the storm. How will this impact the early voting push both candidates are leaning on?

Mayor Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation order for “Zone-A” of New York City. This region includes low-lying areas like Staten Island, portions of Long Island Beach, etc.

“If you live in Zone A and have not yet evacuated, do so as soon as possible. Time is running out,” Bloomberg said, citing an ABC News report.

If you’re planning on riding the storm out, as many call it along the Gulf Coast, take precautions and have a plan if your’re hunkering down. However, the smartest thing to do is head for higher ground.

In the last Hurricane Sandy update, the mayor said hot water and heat will be shut off as a precaution ahead of the storm’s potential landfall. City offices and all public schools are closed Monday until further notice. Train service will stop at 7 p.m. tonight, according Mayor Bloomberg.

Sandy is expected to merge with a cold front from Canada that will likely cause a storm of epic proportions, the so-called “Frankenstorm.” Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and areas as far away as Boston, will be impacted by the storm’s 800-mile swath.

Follow along with this live blog for critical updates on Hurricane Sandy’s path, more closures and other crucial storm information.

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Source: National Environmental Visualization Laboratory, GOES-13/Wikimedia Commons

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