Oct. 28, 11:40 p.m.: The New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange will close their trading floors on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Electronic trading will continue at regularly scheduled times. Monday will mark the first time the NYSE has traded completely electronically, Reuters reports adding that traders are expecting a light trading day.
Oct. 28, 8 p.m.: Google has launched crisis maps for Hurricane Sandy for the Eastern seaboard and the New York City area. Both maps feature data including hurricane tracking, radar imagery, public alerts and evacuation information.
Oct. 28, 7:38 p.m.: Starbucks closed all its New York City and Long Island locations at 4 p.m., the Wall Street Journal reported. The stores will remain closed on Monday.
Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.: At a Key Food grocery store in Park Slope, Brooklyn, there was virtually no lunch meat, no milk and absolutely no bottled water. Each register was at least three to four people deep, much busier than a normal Sunday night. A cashier said it had been like that since 7 a.m., when the store opened. A bodega on Seventh Avenue, however, had dozens of gallon jugs of Poland Spring water on prominent display. By 6 p.m., most stores in the area had closed, including a Subway sandwich outlet; Barnes & Noble closed at 7 p.m. But at 6:30 p.m., Talde, an Asian-fusion restaurant, had two big yellow-and-green neon signs reading “Yes We’re Open” and “Frankenstorm Punch: $8.” —by Josh Sanburn
Oct. 28, 5:53 p.m.: In New York City, all subway lines will shut down as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, with all bus services ending two hours later, CNN reported. (It takes an estimated eight hours to bring the subway system to a complete halt, compared with six hours for buses.) The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter lines, both operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, will also close at 7 p.m. A complete shutdown of the Big Apple’s massive, labyrinthine transportation system — which carries some 8.5 million commuters daily — is, of course, quite rare.
“A situation like this, you don’t want to be overly panicked and overly prepared,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “But you want to be prudent, and you want to do what is necessary.”
In New Jersey, a total transit cessation has also been deemed necessary. A gradual systemwide shutdown of all the state’s public-transportation services has already begun, starting with New Jersey Transit train lines. By 2 a.m. on Monday, all bus services will have been suspended. In anticipation of the storm, New Jersey’s PATH train, which carries commuters into New York City, will shut down as of Monday.
Philadelphians will also face a complete shutdown of all buses, subways and trains, effective late Sunday or early Monday. Philadelphia’s transit shutdown, much like the others in the region, will last indefinitely, depending on the severity of the storm following its landfall. The Maryland Transit Administration has announced a Monday cancellation of MARC commuter trains but hasn’t reached a decision about Tuesday. Washington’s public-transit service, the Metro subway-and-bus system, will be closed Monday as the capital braces for Sandy.
Finally, Amtrak has prepared for Sandy’s wrath by canceling all service on the Northeast corridor — in other words, all trains running between Washington, D.C., and Boston. —by Samantha Grossman
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