New York Stock Exchange Closes
Sandy moves northeast but remains well offshore as it moves inland parallel to the Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina coasts. In spite of this, the storm causes waves to gather force washing out sections of North Carolina Highway 12.
While still a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 80 mph, it is believed the storm will become even stronger, becoming a super-storm as it moves northward.
A high-pressure cold front to the north of Sandy will move the storm toward northwest U.S. cities such as Baltimore, Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. Sandy’s winds have now covered an area of around 1,000 miles.
The full moon is approaching which is expected to increase the storm surge that had been expected to reach 11-12 feet in some areas.
Schools are closed and evacuations begin in parts of Atlantic City, Brooklyn, lower Manhattan, New Jersey, and Staten Island. 72 evacuation centers are opened in New York
The NYC subway closes down for 24 hours starting Sunday evening at 7:00 PM. Broadway, the United Nations, and casinos in New Jersey are all closed Sunday night for between 24-48 hours. Airlines cancel over 7,000 flights.
200 New York Army National Guard soldiers and 150 airmen are deployed to New York City.
The New York Stock Exchange announces the floor will be closed Monday with all trading suspended.
President Obama issues emergency declarations for Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York and visits the FEMA National Response Coordination Center for a briefing.
Over 1,000 FEMA personnel are dispatched to the East Coast.
At 5:00 am EST, NOAA National Weather Service issues a public advisory that Hurricane Sandy is now 285 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, moving northward at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 85 mph.