We’re officially in a state of emergency.
After signing emergency declarations for Maryland and Massachusetts, President Barack Obama did the same for New York this evening, effective across all 62 counties in the Empire State. The move, which allows federal aid to assist in response and recovery efforts, comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon.
Mayor Bloomberg is calling for an evacuation to commence immediately for all low-lying areas in the city, known as Zone A. He has also announced that school will be closed tomorrow, but that makes a good bit of sense since the MTA has already been shut down.
“Let me repeat, what I said earlier, this is a serious and dangerous storm; if you’re in Zone A, evacuation is mandatory,” the mayor said.
“We’ve been through a lot of these over the past 11 years,” he added. “We’ve had hurricanes, a transit strike, a blackout, so we know what to do.”
So the mayor announced at today’s Frankenstorm briefing that school is, for now, still in session come Monday, as is work for all government employees. Talk about a bummer. But as a precaution, parks will be closing early, at 5 p.m. Sunday, and events will be over by 2 p.m. Double bummer.
Oh, and the beaches are now closed, so don’t even think about going surfing, dude.
“Let me say something again and again and again—the beaches are dangerous and surfing is extremely dangerous. No surfing, please, tomorrow,” Mayor Bloomberg stressed, perhaps his most emphatic pronouncement during his 20 minute presser.