On Friday, New York City ordered the evacuation of more than 250,000 residents - an unprecedented move - ahead of Hurricane Irene's expected arrival over the weekend. Conversely, city leaders are simultaneously preparing to shut down its entire mass transit system until the storm blows over.
"We've never done a mandatory evacuation before and we wouldn't be doing it now if we didn't think this storm had the potential to be very serious," NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said to reporters today, according to CNBC. Just how serious is the threat of this hurricane? All Saturday and Sunday shows on Broadway are effectively canceled - the first major cancellation of this kind since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
And the mayor’s announcement prompted a cascade of cancellations for Saturday and Sunday: Broadway shows; the Mets’ games against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field; performances by the Dave Matthews Band on Governors Island; an outdoor film festival of operas at Lincoln Center, among many others.
“You only have to look at the weather maps to understand how big this storm is and how unique it is,” Bloomberg said today, “and it’s heading basically for us.”
Source: NY Times, CNBC, MacRumors