As millions of people on America's east coast brace for the full force of Hurricane Sandy, we take a look at its impact so far, and what to expect.
Thursday, October 25:
- Hurricane Sandy hit the Bahamas after claiming 21 lives in the Caribbean, including 11 people killed in eastern Cuba.
Friday, October 26:
- New York declared a state of emergency ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, October 27:
- A State of Emergency declared in New Jersey, with fears it could bear the brunt of the hurricane.
Sunday, October 28:
- Death toll from Sandy rises to 66 as it moves from the Caribbean to US coastal areas.
- Schools ordered to close on Monday.
- Evacuations ordered in parts of lower Manhattan, sections of Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and Atlantic City.
- 72 evaucation centres created around the city.
- New York’s subway shut down for 24 hours, beginning 7pm Sunday.
- Broadway theaters, The United Nations, and New Jersey casinos shut on Sunday night for 24 to 48 hours.
- Airlines cancel more than 7000 flights.
- Mayor Bloomberg said he ordered an evacuation of the low-lying areas along the edges of the city including parts of lower Manhattan, sections of Brooklyn and Staten Island, and the Rockaways in Queens.
- 200 New York Army National Guard soldiers and 150 airmen deployed to New York City.
- The New York Stock Exchange announced it would close the floor on Monday and suspend all trading.
- At 5 a.m., the huge storm was producing sustained winds of 85 miles an hour after turning due north, according to the National Hurricane Center.
- Thousands of New Jersey and Long Island residents woke to no power.
- 5000 homes and businesses in the Jersey area were without service, CNN reported.
- at 8 a.m., Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane, was 265 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City, Maximum sustained winds were at 85 mph.
- According to the New York Post, at 4pm today, a seawater surge and high winds could create flooding in low lying areas.
- According to CNN, the hurricane is expected to make landfall between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. on the Delmarva Peninsula or Jersey Shore.