With storm on the way, Bloomberg tells struggling New Yorkers to get off the road
November 7th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

With storm on the way, Bloomberg tells struggling New Yorkers to get off the road

As a Nor'easter hones in on the Northeastern coast, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a message for residents already struggling with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: Get off the road.

The storm is expected to begin pounding the New York area around midday and will bring frigid temperatures, high winds, storm surges and an inch or so of rain to many towns that are still without power, still flooded, or are finally just getting back to normal after Sandy roared through.

"The city is taking significant precautions in advance of the storm, including halting all construction, closing all city parks, encouraging drivers to stay off the road after 5:00 PM, or to use extreme caution if they have to drive and employing door-to-door operations to urge people without heat to take shelter to stay warm," Bloomberg's office said in a statement.

The mayor warned that just because this storm isn't as bad as Sandy, it will likely compound issues created by the superstorm.

"While this storm is significant, under normal circumstances, it would likely result in minor coastal flooding in low-lying areas, and the normal risk of downed trees associated with these types of storms," his statement said. "Because Hurricane Sandy weakened trees and caused extensive damage and debris, the predicted wind speeds present an increased risk of more downed trees and tree limbs, as well as windblown debris. All New Yorkers are urged to stay indoors during inclement conditions."

And in some of the areas hardest hit by Sandy - Breezy Point, the beaches of New York and New Jersey - there are added concerns.

"In light of the beach erosion and other damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, some of the lowest-lying areas in the city – particularly the areas flooded by last week’s storm – are vulnerable to storm surge today," Bloomberg's statement said.

"No general evacuations have been ordered, but if you experienced significant flooding during Hurricane Sandy, you should consider taking shelter with family and friends who do not live in low-lying areas, or go to one of the city-run storm shelters."

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Heart

    Its a pity that one storm comes after another. It reflects on the way we have lived our lives. All we need now is to give Peace and Love a chance, learn to go back to our Creator who in His infinite Mercy gave us life. I wish us all strength as that is what we need nw for the impending events as they are already on course and we need to change our ways for the better.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • obamadness

      oh yes

      November 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      So until we change our ways, your god of love and peace will continue to kill us with bad weather? Nice.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z_2k

      For Christ's sake...it's the WEATHER ! It has nothing to do with 'the way we live our lives', Peace, Love, Mercy, or any other spriritual characteristic you can dream up. It's the wind, water, and risk associated with living at sea level on the shore, nothing more.

      November 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Hey, Kyle...

      November 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      There is no greater evidence of the inadequacy of American education than the fact that there are SO MANY PEOPLE who think that the answer to every problem is to invoke the power of the so-called "almighty."

      November 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Ozed

      Yeah I think it has more to do with climate change rather than a bronze age sky god.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      @Heart – Lay off the weed.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      In reply to Heart, Your letter makes more sense than anything I have read on here . I do pray that people will take heed !!

      November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    This is really going to make it more difficult to get an ACTUAL count on the true number of american lives lost to superstorm sandy! They still have no idea how many homeless people died and they dont yet know how many from Staten island that are missing.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • irv

      If a tree falls and no one witnesses it...

      November 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Seamusgirl

    My prayers are with all of you on the east coast. But, there always is one, if it made a direct hit on Wall Street, I think it would be appropriate since they received immediate help after the superstorm.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      and who would u have given theaid to first the people out looting or the ones that are on public assistance. Where do u think the money for all this assistance in the country comes from...or u think washington dc give out all the money...which they do...... but what a stupid comment. Y not wipe out washington dc and all the free loaders in this country

      November 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Uh, Steve? If you think the money is coming from Wall Street, you are some kind of stupid.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laura

    Your mother must be so proud...

    November 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      That is not me I am a different Laura, i have not been on here before.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kathleen burgess

    Take it one day at a time.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jesus

    Lloyd!!! Return the $11 Trillion you stole to the American People and I'll see what I can "do"... – God

    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jerry b

    You people have know heart

    November 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      You apparently have no dictionary, either.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gotelectric

    If the powers to be will let non-union electric workers in to help, then maybe more people would have power by now.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That is a myth, proven to be a lie.
      Nice try.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Bansy.. No it wan't a lie.. They called the company and someone told them they couldn't help... But the head of the electric company and the Gov went on to say they got BAD advice... and they need all the help they can get... So in FACT they were told that by some idi ot...

      November 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The Alabama Utility who SENT them denied it...so...

      November 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HalluxSinister

    I can picture CCD's standing on the last little piece of ice at the North Pole, insisting anthropogenic climate change is a myth, as the last bit of ice he stands on slowly becomes too small to support their weight.

    When New York and Pennsylvania, and the environs gets its second hundred year storm in as many weeks, people will see more and more evidence that climate is acting screwy, and maybe will start to wake up.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • notagain

      With fifth of the earth surface covered by water one would expect a hurricane or two to say the least. Did you walk to your work today? Oh, so precious. All concerned for global warming but were ready to rip each other to pieces for gasoline. There was a last piece of ice in many parts of earth including deserts and there were high waters thousand miles inland so you seem to be ok to stand on ice free land now. No worries, chances that comets will collide with earth are higher then somebody standing on the last piece of ice.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick sez...

    These nor'easter things happen every year 'bout this time...get used to it.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Get used to it ? I doubt you'd be saying that if you were one those affected when the storm hit one week ago. You need to get some love inside of you.

      November 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Hey bobcat u ever been in the NE when a noreaster hits. We get up to 1-2 foot of snow and it is worse with the snow then rain cause u have no place to put the snow especailly in NYC. what dump in ocean and god forbid raise the water level come on people look at history these storms have been going on longer than we have been here and no it is not GOD's wrath it is weather which GOD does not control

      November 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nat


    November 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guppui arnold

    God be with the entire east coast in this desperate time need and sorrow. and for those evil thinkers lord please have mercy upon you all as well.

    November 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    I live in the NE and we get noreaster's every year this is not global warming or GOD's wrath for the way we live. If it is we would all be dead cause we all r sinners according to god< So get over this... why is this even news we here in the NE will survive and move on

    November 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ronvan


    November 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    AT WHAT PRICE? While my heart and prayers for those lost and the damage done, I MUST ASK: At what price do you continue to rebuild in an area that YOU know is subject to annual storms/damage, etc.. SANDY was one of those "exception to the norms", noreasters, according to what I am hearing you say, is an annual event! BUT, you continue to rebuild on the same land, what's left of it, and then wonder why insurance companies quadruple your insurance rates!? IF your going to rebuild wouldn't it be the "right time" to THINK about putting as much power, etc., underground, and your homes made into nice looking "concrete bunkers"?

    November 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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