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:
- 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
- Mandatory evacuation by 5pm for New Yorkers in Zone A, the most low-lying terrain around the city
- Amtrak begins canceling service on Northeast lines which include Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston, the Keystone Corridor from New York to Harrisburg, Pa., and Empire Service from New York to Albany
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
- MTA system shuts down, which includes the subway and bus lines, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and the Staten Island Railway
- PATH service is suspended, which includes PATH trains and Port Authority facilities, including the three major airports.
- All 5 NYC-area airports will close to incoming flights
Saturday – 8pm
- Storm effects will begin in the New York City area – heavy rain and high winds are forecast for the next 18 hours