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    Hope all you guys and gals are OK over there. We're having a heatwave over here!

    That guy walking his dog is very dedicated.



    City subways shut down amid blizzard

    By Kenneth Garger
    January 27, 2015 | 12:32am


    A man shovels near Radio City Music Hall. Getty Images


    A person walks a dog in Riverside Park.

    The entire city subway system shut down at 11 p.m. Monday and city drivers were told they will face arrest if they venture out onto streets amid a massive blizzard, authorities said.

    Gov. Cuomo announced in a press conference that the city would essentially be closed down until they deemed it was safe to venture outside.

    For the first time since Hurricane Sandy New Yorkers were without a subway system. One woman didn’t get the message, fell asleep on her train and couldn’t get home.

    Paula, 31, a public accountant from Inwood dozed off and missed her stop, ending up at the end of the line, where trains were no longer running downtown after 11.

    “It’s kind of like Sandy, don’t you think? Which, well, I’m from the Carribbean originally, so that wasn’t even that bad,” she told The Post.

    Road were also closed — and drivers faced a fine or even arrest — but some were undaunted by the ban.

    “I got to get to my hotel and I don’t want to walk,” one person said while driving down 7th Avenue.

    Police in Times Square admitted that drivers were disobeying the ban but they were sparing them from arrests.

    “They’re not supposed to be driving,” one officer told The Post. “But we’re not enforcing it.”

    Cops said that in the first hour after the ban went into effect, no arrests were made.

    http://nypost.com/2015/01/27/city-tr...amid-blizzard/

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    At least Elmo was dressed for a storm .


    Monster blizzard slams NYC: MTA subways, commuter trains to shut down as city prepares for the worst

    ‘Get off the roads, get off the streets, get off the sidewalks,’ de Blasio said during a press conference on blizzard moving to shut down New York City and much of the Northeast. He said people will be subject to summons or arrest if they are out on the street past 11 p.m.

    by Erin Durkin , Chelsea Rose Marcius , Sasha Goldstein , Corky Siemaszko

    Published: Monday, January 26, 2015, 1:56 PM
    Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:23 PM


    A man strolls on a walking path at Liberty State Park, with the Statue of Liberty in the distance, Jan. 26, 2015, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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    New York City was socked by a potentially historic blizzard Monday that slowed the city to a crawl and threatened to bury it beneath two feet of snow.

    It prompted an order to shut down the subway. It dimmed the lights on Broadway. It trapped hundreds of travelers at area airports. It forced the city to close schools Tuesday.

    By 6 p.m. there was 4.3 inches of snow in Central Park, 1.8 inches of powder at Kennedy Airport, and 2.5 inches more at La Guardia — with the biggest amounts yet to come, with winds whipping as high as 65 mph.

    “We are still talking 18 to 24 inches across the area,” meteorologist John Murray of the National Weather Service said. “Much of it is going to fall tonight and tomorrow morning.”

    As 8 million-plus New Yorkers braced for the worst of the wintery wallop, Mayor de Blasio ordered everybody except emergency personnel off the streets starting at 11 p.m. Monday, when the subway is stopped running.

    “Get off the roads, get off the streets, get off the sidewalks,” de Blasio said. “This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City.”

    De Blasio said even bicycle deliverymen will be barred from the roads “until the situation is safe.”

    “We need to let sanitation, police, fire do their jobs and this is the way we will guarantee that,” he said.

    NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill said “this is all about common sense.”

    “If we find people out there that don't belong, there are a number of steps we can take,” he said. “It could be anywhere from a summons to, worst case scenario, an arrest.”

    Police will also be on the lookout for stranded vehicles and are also under orders to transport any homeless person they encounter to a shelter.

    View Gallery Massive snow storm hits NYC, Northeast

    De Blasio also warned that any operator of a “for hire vehicle” caught taking advantage of the weather to squeeze commuters will be prosecuted. “Price gouging in the context of an emergency is illegal,” he said.

    As de Blasio was addressing the city, Uber said it would cap price surges during the storm in accordance with an agreement with the state attorney general. The company was accused of jacking up prices during Hurricane Sandy.

    De Blasio sounded the alarm shortly after Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency and announced that subway and train service would be curtailed after the evening commute wrapped up.

    The Sanitation Department said it was ready for whatever Mother Nature threw at it, with 2,400 workers on 12-hour shifts to clear snow from some 6,000 miles of road.

    The city has already dispatched 500 early salt spreaders, stockpiled 255,000 tons of salt and deployed 2,300 snowplows.


    A costumed Elmo brushes the snow off of a costumed Hello Kitty in Times Square as the first snow of the blizzard arrives in New York City.
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    Another 4,200 plows from independent contractors will also be dispatched if needed, officials said.

    Also, the city has also reinforced its ranks by hiring hundreds of day laborers to help with the shoveling.

    The Fire Department has 500 extra firefighters working through the storm and added 40% more ambulances just in case.

    As a precaution, the city Office of Emergency Management has called the National Guard to provide more emergency vehicles if needed.

    Schools were open Monday. But a little before 2 p.m., the Department of Education informed parents that schools would be closed Tuesday, and all scheduled Regents exams were canceled as well.

    And forget using the snow day to play in the parks.

    De Blasio ordered them closed starting at 6 p.m. Monday to avoid falling branches and icy paths.

    Justice will be delayed for at least a day as the courts in New York City were ordered closed Tuesday.

    So far, there are no plans to shut down the New York Stock Exchange or the two other major exchanges in the city because of the storms

    But there were no fat ladies — or anybody else — singing at the Metropolitan Opera, which canceled its Monday performances. And shows on Broadway were also called off until the foul weather exits stage right.

    Charlotte St. Martin, who heads The Broadway League, said the group had not yet decided whether the shows will go on Tuesday.


    Cars cross the Brooklyn Bridge during the evening commute Jan. 26, 2015.
    Todd Maisel/New York Daily News

    Meanwhile, New Yorkers crowded grocery stores and bodegas to buy last-minute supplies so they could ride out the storm.

    “I bought avocados," said Amanda Barnes, 37, as she left the Whole Foods in Union Square with several bags bulging with food. “We've also bought lots of things to make soup. I'm planning on making soup. You just have to get the essentials to hunker down.”

    Ike Ahn, 27, stocked up on coffee before journeying back to his Jersey City apartment.

    “I'm not going to work tomorrow, so I bought extra food to last me,” he said. “I want to have enough to last me a few days."

    David Zema, 69, walked over to the bodega near his 14th St. apartment to stock up on fruit and veggies and some of his favorite Indian dishes. He said he was not too worried about the snowstorm.

    “This is a walk in the park,” he said. “During (Hurricane) Sandy, I heard a huge bang and 30 seconds later we were plunged into darkness for days. If I can deal with that, I can deal with this.”

    Up in The Bronx, building super Juan Chavez and his shovel struggled to keep up with the snow.

    “I’m going to be here shoveling all day,” Chavez said at the corner of 165th St. and Hoe Ave. “The snow is not going to stop tomorrow. But I don't want it to accumulate. Otherwise, it'll pile up."

    More than 1,400 flights in and out of the metro area’s three major airports were scrubbed Monday morning, trapping hundreds of travelers who had hoped to escape the storm.

    “I fly all the time for work and it’s never been this stressful,” said 43-year-old Jackie Sullivan at LaGuardia, whose flight to Chicago was canceled. “It’s nuts, everyone is freaking out. At this point I don't know when I'm going to get back.”

    Sam Hester, 64, had a 4:10 p.m. flight to Houston that was canceled. And he wasn’t complaining.

    “It’s dangerous to fly in this kind of weather,” he said. “I'd rather be stuck here than dead on the tarmac."

    In New Jersey, Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency and New Jersey Transit said it would stop running trains at 8 p.m. Monday and not resume service until Thursday.

    PATH train service will also run on a weekend schedule, meaning that trains will run every 15 minutes starting about 9 p.m. Monday.

    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered a travel ban on highways in his state starting at 9 p.m. Monday while Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Barker warned residents to prepare for roads that are “very hard, if not impossible, to navigate.”

    President Obama was in India when he was briefed on the monster storm, but White House officials have been in constant contact with state officials “up and down the Eastern seaboard,” spokesman Josh Earnest said.

    FEMA is also on alert and ready to move at a moment’s notice if needed, Earnest said.

    The blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, stretching all the way from Philadelphia past Boston and up the Maine coast.

    The all-time snow record for Jan. 26 in New York City was set in 2011, when 12.3 inches fell, followed the next day by another 6.7 inches, records show. The city's biggest blizzard hit in 2006 on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12 when the area was blanketed with 26.9 inches, according to city officials.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.2092345

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    The thread subject needs to be changed to "overreaction" 2015. A lot of forecasters looking silly this morning and costing many cities a fortune. We won't see shut downs like this for a storm for a long time to come.

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    That was my first reaction too, but as advanced as things are compared to even 20 years ago, they're still impossible to nail down. Even last night they were already saying that here in central NJ it won't be the blockbuster originally predicted.

    Texted supervisor at 7:30 & he said it looks like we're still off, there's a travel ban in effect north of 195, but as of right now I'm still holding my breath for a delayed opening.

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    Damned if they do; damned if they don't.

    Nor'easter blizzards aren't like ordinary snowstorms, where a front moves across, and the precipitation happens to be snow.

    The "blizzard" means sustained winds over 35mph, and the "nor'easter" means a winter cyclone, a sea storm with coastal flooding.

    Late last night, I knew nothing much was going to happen in the city, but at the same time, there was a live TV shot from somewhere in eastern Suffolk County - classic horizontal snow. Shrewsbury MA reported 26" of snow with wind gusts over 75mph. It's only 150 miles from Manhattan.

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    I don't think any weather system, other than the almost impossible scenario brought about by Sandy, warrants closing down entire states, banning travel and locking down the likes of Manhattan.

    When asked about his possible reaction to people who might question the over the top measures Chris Christie simply answered Liz Cho of ABC7 "We listened to you" in a 'shame on me' tone of voice. Even this morning the media were desperate to hold to on the idea this might be noteworthy...throwing it out to the tip of Long Island in the hope of finding some snow and wind. It's a surprise they didn't send Ginger Zee out in a trawler to chase things in the Atlantic.

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    I couldn't believe they imposed a curfew. Ridiculous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post

    That guy walking his dog is very dedicated.
    or really likes his carpet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    I couldn't believe they imposed a curfew. Ridiculous!
    What curfew?

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    If Christie gets weather information from the media, then he's a bigger a-hole than he is already shown himself to be. He should be getting information from one of the forecasting systems. The same jerk that went to Disney World (while his lieutenant gov was also on vacation) when the 2010 storm was barelling up the coast.

    What happened: The recently upgraded National Weather Service GFS correctly modeled the storm. However, the more highly regarded European forecast system - it correctly modeled hurricane Sandy while the NWS missed it - tracked this storm 100 miles further west. That's the forecast that was used.

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    Please.

    There was no rule about people not being outside. It was no traffic on the roads.

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    Whatever you say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddhead View Post
    or really likes his carpet...
    Well in that case, there should've been a lot more people walking their dogs.

    Not really necessary to take them for a long walk for that anyway and, of course, we don't know who has carpet and who doesn't .

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    I was out at about midnight during the storm. Very little to no traffic, but there were people out. As discussed above, a few were dog walkers. There were also a few photographers out.

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