It's watch and wait as Hurricane Sandy approaches
October 28th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

It's watch and wait as Hurricane Sandy approaches

Editor's Note:  The danger cannot be overstated. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 67 lives - including 51 in Haiti. In the United States, schools are closed, businesses shuttered and mass transit suspended. Residents are being told to hunker down - and wait .  Here is the full story.

Here are the latest developments:

[Update 4:49 a.m. ET] Anna Kate Twitty, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, was just on CNN and said the organization has multiple shelters across seven states where evacuees can find "a safe place, a warm meal and emotional support." To find a shelter, go to redcross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross or download the free Red Cross hurricane app for iphone and android users.

[Update 3:54 a.m. ET] The Coast Guard  is responding to a distress call from a ship that is part of the popular culture. The  HMS Bounty, a tall ship built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty," is taking on water off the coast of North Carolina - about 160 miles from the center of Hurricane Sandy.  The Coast Guard says it has “diminished search and rescue capabilities due to the storm.” Seventeen people are on board.

[Update 2:56 a.m. ET] The questions remain ...

[Update 1:55 a.m. ET] Various primetime shows that are produced in New York (such as, 30 Rock, Smash, Elementary, Person of Interest) are being shut down Monday, according to Deadline.com,  but the opposite appears to be the case with late night shows. Deadline says Letterman, who once taped a show during a blizzard, will go on - as will Jimmy Fallon.

[Update 1:50 a.m. ET] The MTA has posted some incredible photos of a deserted New York on its Flickr feed. Sandbags piled on Broadway. Grand Central Terminal with not a soul in sight. An eerie feel.

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[Update 1:29 a.m. ET] CNN goes live a half hour early this Monday morning, but we will be providing regular weather updates throughout the night.

[Update 12:50 a.m. ET] The National Hurricane Center says Sandy is about to make its turn toward the north.  The forecast map shows the storm hitting the Jersey shore.

[Update 12:35 a.m. ET] 1.2 million: That's the number of college students who will stay home Monday, according to a count by CNN's Chandler Friedman of colleges in the regions likely affected by the storm.

[Update 12:10 a.m. ET]  President Barack Obama has approved Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey's request for emergency declarations. Earlier, several other states also requested such declarations, and the president signed them as well.  Among them: New York and Massachusetts.

[Update 12:02 a.m. ET] The New York Stock Exchange has announced it will close all markets – not just floor trading operations – on Monday. The stock exchange rarely shuts down for weather-related emergencies: Hurricane Gloria in 1985, and a snowstorm in 1969 mark brought the exchange to a halt.

[Update 10:55 p.m. ET] Dozens of iReporters are submitting video footage, still images and strong descriptions of how Hurricane Sandy is affecting them. Check them out here or submit your own. (Just remember to stay safe and always obey the law.)

[Update 10:04 p.m. ET] FEMA estimates that Hurricane Sandy has the potential to cause $2.5 billion to $3 billion in wind damage alone in the United States. The estimate, using standardized methodology called HAZUS, does not account for potential flood and other damage.

[Update 9:44 p.m. ET] All bus carriers serving the New York area's Port Authority Bus Terminal - including Greyhound, Trailways and airport shuttles - are suspended because of the hurricane, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced.

[Update 8:55 p.m. ET] New York's Staten Island Ferry and East River Ferry services are suspended at least through Monday, according to the city's severe weather Web page.

[Update 8:33 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the District of Columbia ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, according to a release from the White House. Obama earlier declared states of emergency for Maryland, Massachusetts and New York.

[Update 8:28 p.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy has caused at least 67 deaths, including 51 in Haiti; the other deaths were in Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. As of 8 p.m. Sunday, Sandy still hadn't veered toward the United States and was centered 280 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 485 miles south-southeast of New York. The CNN Weather Unit forecasts that it will make landfall late Monday near the Delmarva Peninsula - which includes Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia - and southern New Jersey.

[Update 7:53 p.m. ET] The closure of the public transportation systems in Washington, Philadelphia and New York means no subway rides for about 10.8 million commuters, according to average ridership numbers provided by the local transit authorities.

[Update 7:33 p.m. ET] Boston's MBTA transit system will operate normally Monday and for as long as safety permits, the system said on its website. Commuter boat service will be suspended until further notice.

[Update 7:15 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state of New York ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, according to a release from the White House.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents to evacuate coastal areas because of anticipated storm surge.

[Update 7:04 p.m. ET] Washington's Metro rapid transit system, the second-largest rail transit system in the country, will be closed Monday. It was unclear when the service, which supported 217 million trips in 2011, would resume.

[Update 6:10 pm. ET] President Barack Obama has declared an emergency for Massachusetts, according to a release from the White House.

[Update 5:55 p.m. ET] Federal offices in Washington and the surrounding area will be closed to the public Monday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on its website.

[Update 5:38 p.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy is disrupting the plans of both major presidential candidates. President Barack Obama canceled a trip to Colorado in order to stay in Washington to monitor the storm, although a visit to Florida is still on the schedule for Monday. Both he and Republican nominee Mitt Romney canceled events in Virginia. Romney canceled a campaign stop slated for Tuesday in New Hampshire. He is scheduled to campaign in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin, safely away from the storm, on Monday.

[Update 5:24 p.m. ET] Philadelphia will suspend all public transit services with the end of service Sunday night.

[Update 5:15 p.m. ET] The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will have on-site inspectors at all nuclear power stations that could be affected by Hurricane Sandy. The inspectors will be in place ahead of the storm and will stay at the power plants until the event is over.

No power station has been taken offline at this point, but each station has protocols and procedures for going offline, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said.

[Update 5:07 p.m. ET] The National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. update placed the center of Hurricane Sandy about 300 miles southeast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, moving northeast at about 15 mph. The storm is expected to turn first to the north and then to the northwest early Monday. Maximum sustained winds at 5 p.m. were 75 mph, with higher gusts.

[Update 4:50 p.m. ET] The New York Stock Exchange has revised it storm response plan and now says there will be no live trading Monday on the stock exchange's floor in Manhattan. Electronic trading by computer, which is how most trading takes place, will continue as usual, the exchange says. New York has declared a state of emergency and New York City has suspended subway service starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

[Update 4:47 p.m. ET] Updated figures indicate classes have been canceled Monday for at least 2.1 million public school K-12 students along the East Coast in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy.

[Update 3:30 p.m. ET] Stores along the Eastern Seaboard are running out of essential supplies such as batteries, water, generators and flashlights as people in Hurricane Sandy's path scramble to prepare for power outages and other effects of the storm.

[Update 3:20 p.m. ET] At least 1.8 million students in major East Coast districts will be affected by school closings related to Hurricane Sandy, according to data compiled by CNN. The total is likely much higher when smaller districts are taken into account.

[Update 3:14 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama interrupted his re-election campaign Sunday to meet with federal emergency officials at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington. After the briefing, he said resources were in place and warned people in the affected area not to take this storm lightly:

[Update 3 p.m. ET] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his state will begin a gradual shutdown of all bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service in New Jersey beginning at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray announced that all public schools in the district will be closed Monday.

[Update 2:53 p.m. ET] U.S. stock exchanges will open for trading on Monday as usual, even as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in New York, the epicenter of global finance. The New York Stock Exchange is located on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, which is in a flood zone. However, not much stock trading takes place in the floors of the exchange itself, because investors trade from computers globally. The exchange said it plans to be open for trading on Monday.

[Update 2:45 p.m. ET] Boston officials announced that city schools will be closed Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, according to the city website. The schools serve more than 56,000  pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 135 schools, according to the website.

[Update 12:53 p.m.] The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says all its trains and stations will close at midnight until further notice.

[Update 12:13 p.m.] Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared a state of emergency in Rhode Island and said he will speak with President Obama about storm preparations this afternoon.

[Update 11:51 a.m.] Bus service in Connecticut will halt at midnight and stay closed for the duration of the storm, Gov. Dan Malloy announced.

[Update 11:42 a.m.] Why could Hurricane Sandy send waters as high as 11 feet rushing inland? Because of its size, not its intensity, said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center.

“The system is so large that I would say millions of people are at least in areas that have some chance of experiencing either flash flooding or river flooding,” he said.

Follow CNN's list of state-by-state preparations.

[Updated 11:34 a.m.] People in parts of New York City are under mandatory evacuation orders, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The rule applies to people in "Zone A."  To find out whether you or someone you know is in Zone A, click here.  Evacuation centers have been opened in 72 public schools, Bloomberg said.

All schools in the city are closed tomorrow.

[Updated 11:02 a.m.] Sandy is holding onto hurricane strength and has picked up speed.  As of 11 a.m. ET, its maximum sustained winds were at 75 mph as the storm barreled northeast at 14 mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for coastal areas including a line from Cape Fear to Duck, North Carolina.  Hurricane force winds are expected along parts of the coast from Virginian up through Massachusetts.

On the current track, Sandy's center is expected to be near the coast Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said. When Sandy becomes a "wintertime low pressure system prior to landfall," it may strengthen a bit before weakening as it moves over land.

See the latest NHC update here.  And check out our coverage of how the storm could affect transportation throughout the Northeast.

[Updated 10:11 a.m.] All New York City train service will stop today at 7 p.m. in advance of Hurricane Sandy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.

The closure applies to subways and commuter rail service.  The final Metro North and Long Island Rail Road trains will leave at 7 p.m. , he said.

Bus service in New York City will continue until 9 p.m., Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

[Posted 8:31 a.m.] Hurricane Sandy is barreling its way northeast, and residents of the mid-Atlantic coast should expect life-threatening storm surges, the National Hurricane Center said this morning.  Areas in its path include Long Island Sound and New York Harbor.

Sandy is expected to be near hurricane force at landfall.  As of 8 a.m. ET, the storm was about 260 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 395 miles from New York City, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.  It was moving 10 mph.  Sandy is expected to move parallel along the Southeast coast today and tonight, and approach the mid-Atlantic coast by Monday night, the NHC said.

Read the latest NHC warning here.

Follow CNN's full coverage of the potential "superstorm."

For state-by-state plans, advice on how to prepare, photos, Sandy's already deadly path in the Caribbean, and more, follow CNN.com.

soundoff (710 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    Our thoughts and prayers are for those in the path of this storm which is now being called 'historic'. May everyone be safe. Time to stand together.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    No other news is of concern to me at this time.
    Man's own follies are bearing consequences elsewhere where we like and are expected to focus.
    Good day all and pray for hurricane Sandy to ease off.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Timmy

    "Pray to god, fine, but keep rowing to shore."

    October 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • thefrenchcanadian

      yes prey to god , and all the pedofiles hes created

      October 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ziggy

    I'm 45 min north of Philadelphia.....we're screwed.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      you are right, but Sandy has nothing to do with that

      October 28, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ziggy

      Lol....Dare I ask why you say that?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ saywhat, GOD bless you and yours my friend. My thoughts and prayers will be with you thru this storm, as well as others affected.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      So your Christian god has decided to toy with you again and yet you call him merciful?!? Bwahahaha

      October 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Casey Collins

    I agree – time to stick together like the family we are by a United States and for the nation we love.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      Good thought but i visualize repubs on their knees prayin for a power outage in the "liberal" NE when it's time to step up to the votong machine. hopefully a lot of those folks have early voting/

      October 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lcfd

    Thank you for your kind thoughts, saywhat. Preparations have been made and now we wait...

    October 28, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Valerie

    To all whom this storm is effecting- stay safe and be smart- heed all warnings!! Prayers from Chicago that this storm eases off before it reaches land and for all persons in the storms path!

    October 28, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Snarf

    "All New York City train and bus service will stop today at 7 p.m" BUT, "The closure applies to subways and commuter rail service." Well, that makes sense. With there or will there not be bus service? In a city like New York, I think that might be an important thing to know.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. JustSayN

    Pelkovi – By that logic, George Bush, Darth Vader, I mean Dick Chaney and Condi Rice are substantially more morally vacant. The successful attack that happened on their watch, and in their own back yard, was substantially more devastating.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lorraine

      Really? Did Bush ever allow an Ambassador to be executed and then lied about it? Did Bush ever deny a desperate cry help 3 times to personnel being attacked by Al Qaida? Obama is a murderer who is hell bent on bring down our country from within. Why hasn't the main stream media covered the facts coming to light about the attack on the Benghazi Embassy? If Obama was a Republican he would have been impeached by now.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I think you need to get back on your meds Lorraine.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Bush lied about WMD. Millions have died as a result, including thousands of Amercan soldiers.

      Republicans are the biggest hypocrites ever to walk this green earth.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Dave as for the WMD cry i suggest you take a minute and look up the bunkers in Khamisiah Iraq. The eapons were there and we blew them up but the media never reported it. Go figure. But i live wth the effects of it every day. I just get tired of hearing that nothing was there.

      October 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ranger

      I Served under Clinton, we were alerted several times regarding Iraq. During the briefings we were informed of Sadams WMD's. Wasn't Clinton before Bush? If you google the WMD's, they did find some, unless you do not consider Chemical and Biological WMD's. I don't even know what this has to do with the article.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Smith

      Lorraine,just because Fox News says something does not make it true. There hatred for Obama
      clouded there judgement and reporting. Change the channel

      October 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      their*

      October 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Bob,

      You need an education! it's their, not there!

      October 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Sharp

      The same hatred you say FOX has for Obama exists on MSNBC for the entire Republican-Conservative party. I have never seen such vitriol and doctoring of tapes as on MSNBC in all my almost 70 years here.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • educated white guy

      Bob, if you're going to attempt to talk about politics, try and spell correctly. Their*

      October 29, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • bkerr

      Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld trio killed 3,000 people, destroyed 3 towers, all in their own footprints. No, he was far worse and your ignorance on this is disgraceful. If you think a dozen guys with a few box cutters took over 4 jets and brought down 3 towers, then you my friend, are gullible as hell.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaisho

      I agree with you my friend, this was another our land mark, after Native Americans, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, World trade centers, Iraq and a whole list of crimes on humanity, but we are still white collar and clean hands. History will not forgive us.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Lord Your God

      History doesn't care.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • brillow

      conspiracy theory much?

      October 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Checker

      @Lorraine.

      Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and learn to use critical thinking to make your own decisions. If not you will just be a pawn, a tool really, to further someone else's ideas. That goes for ANYONE.

      Think for YOURSELF.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Wow Lorraine, where do you get your information? Did you mind become erased from the 8 years/3 wars from Bush? Seriously, your reasoning skills appear impaired.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael D

      What do you want from Obama ? Bush invaded Arab countries and created millions of enemies to the USA. Bush payed for two wars with a credit card which is being payed now by Obama. Sometimes I feel that republicans planned for this mess so they can blame somebody else for their failure.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Checker

      Great post. Republicans planned, and publicly stated, that there #1 mission was to get Obama out of office, and have demonstrated over and over that they will do so at the expense of the citizens of the U.S.

      Republican just want POWER back in their hands, not for the citizens, as they have shown, but for the wealthy few who want to control the people, not serve the people.

      And hey, how about that Hurricane Sandy!

      October 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkbeforeyouvote2012

      Where's the "like" button?

      October 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Checker

      Lorraine you realize that your posting in a thread about the weather right?

      October 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • manchesterman56

      What drugs are you doing today Lorraine?

      October 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • manchesterman56

      ?

      October 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      nice try. many embassy invasions and deaths under W. no i don't believe even that dimbulb' let' it happen. p.s. there was no desperate cry ( very dramatic wording though) for help. everyone available jumped on it. the closest people in the annex were a mile away. you think you just drive thru a hot war zone? this is real life gooberette not your game box. you think the SEALs are tough. just about any active CIA guy can whip a grizzly bear with a hickory switch, but neither one can do much with a few hand weapons against mortars and rpg. at least you aren't promoting " we could just fly over and scare them' meme

      October 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsinite

      Okay, looks like someone forgot to take their medications today.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil T.

      Did Bush ignore the warnings in August about an "imminent terrorist attack on US soil?"
      And please don't get me started about Saddam's WMD and yellow cake.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammerhead

      Lorraine for president!!!! Sic

      October 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • 0Patrick0

      Because, Lorraine, none of what you say is true. An unnamed source says higher-ups denied CIA requests for help during the consulate attack. Then why did the CIA include in Obama's daily briefings the statement that movie protests were the cause of the attack? That's how this confused mess got started. Lots of unconfirmed causes for the attack were daily repeated and there was no reliable confirmation at the Bengazi end.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

      You are simply spreading the rumors and lies of the GOP; you'd think you'd be tired of being played for a fool by now!

      Besides, think about it: If he could have, why wouldn't President Obama have moved heaven and earth to save those Americans at the consulate, given any negative outcome would be exploited by the Republicans? Hmmmmmmm?

      October 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      get over yourself and try to stay on topic or be quiet

      October 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Subin

      Lorraine most of your statments are right but i dont trust Romney so no voting this time.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Be serious. You're exaggerating out of all proportion.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • been there

      No he just turned his back on a whole city dying. Remember Katrina.......

      October 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      Well said Lorraine.

      October 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      why? because its nonsense is why. so much crap flying around its unreal.

      October 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayne

      Lorraine, you are spamming this rubbish all over the place including Facebook, my suggestion is to knock it off as nobody takes you seriously.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rhm

      No. But Bush did lead us into an unjust war built on lies about Iraq'a link to Al Queda and false evidence (lies) about WMD's. Under Bush warning signs of 9/11 were missed/ignored. The Bush administration also leaked CIA agents names, and had extrememly shady no-bid big money contracts with Dick Cheney's former company Haliburton. The list goes on and on...Remember that Bush's administration got us into this mess. All these Republicans are making a big case of the Bingahzi tradegy, acting like it was something Obama wanted or planned. Where were they when Bush lied about Iraq's "yellow cake" uranium, chemical weapons stockpiles, and the Iraq/Al Queda link that all were fabrications? The administration and right wing press kept stating that the Bush administration made the decsions on intelligence at the time (again- all lies); and that, "oops" thay were wrong. Too bad Bush had not been impeached for the above mentioned actions. Then we would not have had to clean up such a huge mess that will take more than 4 years to clean up.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winterer

      Employing your way of thinking...... Bush allowed 9/11 to happen. Sooooo....... go back to your basement, troll

      October 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • kotchi

      Dear Lorraine...I hope your mental healthcare is going well. Georges(sic) Bush, the son ,is nothing but an I wanna be my daddy. As Dave above said millions of people have died on both sides of this so called war on terror that was non existent before Bush the son and Cheney (that Haliburton guy) got involved.Forget about Romney's tax returns.....let's look at the 2 amigos and Bush SR. If Bush and Cheney were really republicans then they would have not been impeached they would have been hung by their necks until they were dead for needlessly causing the deaths of thousands of civilians as well as soldiers.Have you ever been a soldier Lorraine or are you just another mouthpiece?
      Vote for Sarah Palin...I here it's in vogue

      October 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • thefrenchcanadian

      hell bent ,hell bent for leather , thank you Lorraine for reminding us how judas priest is such a great band

      October 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • vroice

      In what conceivable way was the ambassador executed? The attack on Libya was tragic and could not have been pre-determined. Obama never lied, he received poor intelligence and made a mistake based on that. Furthermore, I don't know where you get your information from, probably fox, but Obama never denied help to anyone in that embassy.

      The same logic can be applied to Bush who told us there were WMD's in Iraq which turned out to be false and 4,000 troops were killed as a result along with 40,000 injured.

      October 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kareen

      What Rock do you live under Lorraine? Watch Fox much?

      October 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ura Crock

      Dearest Lorraine, you seem to have a mental problem that can't be fixed by posting troll messages that don't make sense here on CNN. Good luck with your problem. Go stand on your head out in the rain... and breathe deeply.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      Silly lies, ma'am....And by the way, your Mr. Bush started a misbegotten war that killed at least 150000 people in the wrong country and allowed a CIA agent to be exposed to punish her husband for telling the truth about the phony WMD claims. Anyway back to the storm...I hope people take it seriously, it's going to be a bad one.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • mizh

      Sure is easy to forget a war that duhbya started on false pretenses... and then got 4200 American service men and women killed. Selective memory is GREAAAT!

      October 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShrinkingClass

      Bush responsible for 2,000+ deaths in Afghanistan.......Obama responsible for 4 .

      October 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      it was not an embassy. it was a consulate..sometimes known as a safe house.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindie in Indie

      No, Bush allowed 3000 US Citizens to be killed on 9/11, even after being warned – then started an illegal and immoral war on a LIE which killed 1000's of thousands human beings. So buck up Lorraine. I'm very glad The Obama Administration's FEMA is on top of this potential disaster.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitcah

      Did the republicans cut 300 million dollars from embassey aecurity?

      October 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry in Iowa

      1) There is zero evidence that the President lied about Benghazi. That assertion is an accusation by the far right and their propaganda machine; Fox News and conservative talk radio, those with clear partisan ulterior motives. The responsible media requires verifiable facts before reporting.
      2) The Bush administration sold the Iraq war with the argument that the US was in imminent threat of Iraq’s WMD. An imminent threat that demanded our preemptive and unilateral strike. This sales job, of… at best incompetence and at worst blatant lies, lead to the deaths of nearly 5K of America’s finest, over 32K wounded in action, the deaths of 10s of thousands (if not 100s of thousands) of Iraqi civilians and countless Iraqi wounded. There were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there was NO imminent threat, and there was NO need for the deaths or the carnage that has affected so many lives.

      Let me ask you this, how long did it take for the truth about Iraq’s mystery WMD to be shared with the American people. I’ll give you a clue, it hasn't yet happened; almost a decade later. You want the truth about Benghazi the day after, 10 days after, even 47 days after, but where is the outrage over the lack of accountability on sacrificing our finest for NO moral reason.

      My assessment, you are a partisan political hack who has no desire for truth. Perhaps this is why you spread the Fox talking points instead of educating yourself.

      October 29, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • j0eschm0e

      you are exactly right, I wish many more were like you that actually use their brains to think beyond biased headlines

      October 29, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Love

      Bush lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction to start a long and expensive , careless war, Bush lied about knowing a threat before September 11" and did not take it seriously , the list goes on and on and on!!!!

      October 29, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • nc1965

      No. Bush was in a helicopter watching as people died during the Katrina disaster.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Stevie Wonder

      From 2001 "President Bush and his top advisers were informed by the CIA early last August that terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden had discussed the possibility of hijacking airplanes."

      October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • kalo

      Quit using logic, it doesn't work on them nor drunk people.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Selene

      I'll drink too that

      October 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      And just about every other new channel is byas to Obama. They are finnaly admitting that Romney is going to win.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Vader

      You mean Darth Vader Ginsberg?

      October 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Checker

      The HATE is strong in this one... GOOD... GOOOOOD... feel the hate.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucianne

      And they happily followed it up by invadint Iraq and killing thousands of our troops, wounding tens of thousands, and murdering hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Meanwhile, the attack they allowed took place in the financial district in New York and the Penetagon, which should be the two safest places on the planet – not some desert outpost in the middle of a civil war. I am sorry for the four lives we lost, but I don't see why the ambassador, who knew it was 9/11 and knew there were security risks, wasn't safetly at home in the embassy in Tripoli, along with all of his staff. Not Obama's fault. And they may not know for months exactly who was responsible. Just yelling "terrorists" really doesn't help or solve anything.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • philliyboy

      I thought this was a weather and public transit article, dopey

      October 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Specs

      I'm waiting for the random 'News' article about how the super storm is considered a 'Terrorists Attack' and the lack of any foresight. Folks, lets be honest...sure you can 'act' like you care (like you did when you supposedly 'Support' the Troops...I would know...I was one of them). Most people (who aren't residing in the Northeastern part of the United States) will be treating this like a NASCAR event...waiting for the 'cool stuff' to happen.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      Perhaps as your Liberal buddy Clinton would have taken out Bin Laden when he had the chance you wouldn't have been able to make such a stupid insensitive comment.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan Loved Osama

      Well Perhaps your the real liberal who you love to think as a conservative... Ronald Reagan loved Osama so much he gave him millions upon millions of dollars..... which he eventually used to attack he US on september 11, 2001... so go figure..

      October 29, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Garret

      This coming from a guy who can't even spell C-h-e-n-ey correctly?? At least Bush, Cheney, and Rice didn't exercise a degree of incompetence and/or deception after the fact that will go down in history alongside Watergate and General Custer's last stand!!

      October 29, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Teresa

    Thank you. I hope everything will be ok. God willing. I am in one off the states in danger.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Steel

    Another media over reaction. This "storm of the century" is not even a hurricane any longer. Barely a tropical storm. But the press get to run thru the streets screaming "the sky is falling."

    October 28, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Lurker

      Check noaa.gov and get your facts straight before posting, Mr Know-it-all.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      the press are reporting on precautions people have been taking so how is it the press running around screaming the sky isfailling?

      October 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayne

      No it's not a hurricane, but it is an equally powerful extra-tropical storm. I can only wish that dummies like you would get swept away, the nation would be a better place.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. freshnewblog

    I am blotting about it too from Vermont from here.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. freshnewblog

    Blogging... not blotting.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • dentate

      You'll be blotting when the storm comes through

      October 28, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. dentate

    This will affect voter turnout in Virginia and New Hampshire. It will be blamed by whoever loses.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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