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Timeline of Hurricane Related Events in NYC

Now that Hurricane Irene will be impacting the NYC-area this weekend, closings and cancellations are beginning to be announced. Below is a timeline of upcoming events to be aware of:

General Advisories


  • MTA bridges will close if winds reach sustained speeds of 60 mph

Friday, August 25


  • Tolls are already suspended at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

Friday – 8pm

  • The MTA begins waiving fares on buses and subways in evacuation zones
  • Tolls will be suspended on the Verrazano-Narrows, Throgs Neck, and Bronx-Whitestone Bridges.
  • Fares will be suspended on buses throughout the city.

Saturday, August 26


Saturday – 9am

  • Taxis begin operating on a fare zone schedule: Zones are Manhattan north of 60th Street, Manhattan south of 60th Street, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx – $10 flat rate inside a zone, $5 to cross between zones, and group rides are encouraged

Saturday – Noon

Saturday – 8pm

  • Storm effects will begin in the New York City area – heavy rain and high winds are forecast for the next 18 hours

Sunday – 10am

Follow the New York Times coverage of the storm as it makes its way in to NYC

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