Sandy’s Destruction: Live Updates on the Superstorm’s Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy continues its path inland, leaving debris and flooding across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, TIME will continue to update this page as the storm develops. Please check back for the latest news.

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A police officer directs traffic as a line of motorists stretches down Frenchtown Road Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2012 as customers wait to enter a gas station in Milford Borough, N.J.

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.

In Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley canceled early voting for Monday, according to the AP. President Obama canceled campaign stops in Virginia on Monday and in Colorado on Tuesday to monitor the storm, Fox News reports.

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.

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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.”

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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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LIVE VIDEO: The Weather Channel’s coverage of the severe storm

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13 comments
Topoly_Mapping
Topoly_Mapping

Time to face the aftermath of this fateful event. Those deeply affected by Hurricane Sandy should be able to sit down and study their environment. By looking deeper at their geographical location they can be able to learn how they can cope up easily, how they can protect their properties when another calamity strikes, and what alternative measures should be considered. 

GreatManReallyGreat
GreatManReallyGreat

This is the best source of up-to-date Sandy News I've seen online so far! Keep it up, Time.

Fareed
Fareed

The President visiting stricken areas, FEMA in place, National Guard in support mode, State Police backing up Emergency Crews, Shelters running smoothly, Delays expected, Some Inconveniences, Search and Rescue going well, neighboring help and donations coming in. Americans doing what Americans do, nothing else to see here, move along. Obama - Biden 2012.

JohnDahodi
JohnDahodi

Looks like President Obama and FEMA offcials and national guards are doing their best to provide emergency help to the millions of people swiftly and orderly, but if Romney and Ryan team will win, per their plans; FEMA would not be in power and private firms and many charity organizations will provide the relief operations converting America in to a third world nation. Remember the days of Bush and KATRINA????

RonaldKirchem
RonaldKirchem

I hope that every voter in the Northeast remembers that Romney and Ryan want to defund FEMA. Romney even said that disaster relief should be privatized, that it would be "immoral" to do otherwise.

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hlong69

I work at Denver International Airport and can inform folks that United was planning to cancel flights until 1600 Tuesday for Virginia and all the states north of it on the eastern seaboard.  Some western cities in those states may still be open (example: Pittsburgh), but for the most part don't expect a return to normal flight schedules until Tuesday evening.  I'm not familiar with other airlines plans.

Of course, that may have changed since I left work last night @11.  And I'm off for the next few days so can't add more current "insider" updates.