"There has been Lots of panic buying", the words from City Island Supermarket owner Gabe Scavello. He says he still has plenty of food supplies, but adds that he is running out of batteries and reports his water supplies are extremely low. Gabe says he has seen a 50% increase in traffic over a normal day at IGA.
Metro Transit Authority officials have canceled all employee time off to close the America's largest subway system, which usually carries about 6 millions passengers a day and covers around 840 miles of track. These include, the #6, 5 2 Trains and all subway lines and 29. 12 Buses. MTA system-wide will shut down and railways in the states of New York and New Jersey.
IRENE GETTING CLOSER. Arrives Sunday Morning.
SLIGHTLY WEAKER. Will Rock New York.
PREPARE FOR WORST. Dangerous Flooding Conditions.
TRANSIT SHUTDOWN - BRIDGE TOLLS SUSPENDED. Whitestone, Throgsneck...etc.
BIG APPLE. Bug Vibes About The Wrath of Hurricane Irene.
Irene is heading toward our shores and is expected to hit New York Sunday. This is a serious threat with the very real potential to inflict damage to our communities. Senator Klein urges all of us to follow precautions so that together we may limit any damage that Irene may cause.
The MTA will begin suspending all subway and bus services tomorrow at noon. Please note that the Alive N Kickin Concert scheduled for August 29th at 7:00 PM at Ambrosini Field on City Island will be rescheduled for Wedsneday August 31st at 7:00 PM due to Irene.
Due to the approaching storm, NY Botanical Gardens will be closed this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28. Science Open House events will be rescheduled to a future date.
Also, if you see this dangerous plant anywhere, be careful it's a Hogweed and make sure you take any and all additional precautions. Do not touch this plant.
Great White Shark Caught Illegally--Video
A group of fishermen caught a juvenile great white shark off a Huntington Beach, Calif., pier and can be seen jubilantly celebrating their capture on a video posted to YouTube.
However, great whites are protected -- perhaps the very reason the fishermen may have tried to obscure the nature of their catch by proclaiming it a "beautiful mako shark."
Due to high web traffic, NYC.GOV websites are experiencing technical issues and may not load in your web browser. The City says they are currently working to fix this problem.
Please find attached PDF files of the Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide, which includes important information about what to do before, during, and after a storm, as well as a map of the City's hurricane evacuation zones and centers.
IRENE is a big and powerful storm, which has not been seen in the NY Metropolitan area for decades. Officials say our greatest threat will come from powerful winds and severe flooding conditions.
HURRICANE IRENE IS EXPECTED TO BRING TORRENTIAL RAINS AND MAJOR FLOODING.
FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.
Mass transit officials in New York City plan to to shut down the system on Saturday at 12 Noon.
With Hurricane Irene pushing uo the East Coast, officials made plans to shut down NYC bus and subway system beginning at noon on Saturday. Those commuter rails, which serve Long Island, Westchester County and The State of Connecticut will also stop.
Public safety officials decided on the transit shutdown, as NYC evacuated hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas.