COLUMBIA — As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, tens of thousands of residents are being ordered to evacuate from coastal areas.
The Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of part of lower Manhattan and other low-lying neighborhoods. He also announced that the city's subways, buses and trains would stop running Sunday night because of the danger of flooding, and its 1.1 million-student school system would be closed Monday.
Thousands of other people along the coast in Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and other threatened areas were also ordered to evacuate because of danger of as much as a foot of rain, winds of 80 mph or higher and a potentially deadly wall of water 4 to 11 feet high.
As the storm develops and makes landfall, here are a handful of places online to learn more about the hurricane and track its progress across the Northeast.
The Weather Channel is covering the storm extensively:
- Senior meteorologist Stu Ostro describes Hurricane Sandy as an "extraordinary" storm with unprecedented movement in his strongly-worded analysis.
- The Weather Channel's Hurricane Central is tweeting about the storm on its twitter handle, @twc_hurricane, with the hashtag #Sandy.
- The site's hurricane tracker is an interactive app that allows you to click on an area to find out what the hurricane's wind speed, movement, pressure and category are.
The National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center has extensive information and forecasts regarding Hurricane Sandy and its impact.
Several news outlets are providing live updates online about the storm:
- The New York Times is producing a live-update page with the latest news on the storm.
- CNN is live blogging Hurricane Sandy's path through the Northeast.
- The AP created a Twitter list of AP reporters tweeting about Hurricane Sandy.
- The Wall Street Journal is streaming coverage from social media and its own reports.
On Sunday morning, The Wall Street Journal weather blogger Eric Holthaus compared and contrasted Hurricane Sandy to last year's Hurricane Irene.
Explore the areas that will be affected when the storm makes landfall with Google's Hurricane Sandy crisis map.
The Associate Press contributed to this report.
Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.