LAST TRAIN BEFORE THE STORM: GRAND CENTRAL DESERTED AND SUBWAY CLOSED FOR OLY SECOND TIME IN HISTORY AS NEW YORK GOES INTO LOCK DOWN
Beth Stebner and Louise Boyle
- Mayor Bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas
- Subway shut down at 7pm on Sunday - the second time in history
- This is only the second time entire MTA network has shut down; the first was for last year's Tropical Storm Irene
- New Yorkers rushing to stock up on essentials, clearing out stores
Manhattan was turned into a ghost town this morning after Hurricane Sandy forced the city to shut down its transport system for only the second time in history.
Last night frantic passengers sprinted for the last trains pulling out of Grand Central Station and the city's subway and bus networks stopped at 7pm.
Cavernous Grand Central on 42nd Street was eerily deserted as the NYPD patrolled to make sure every passenger had left.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that those living in low-lying areas must evacuate and that all public schools will be closed tomorrow as the storm barrels towards the city.
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End of the line: The last few people make their way through Grand Central Station in New York as the subway shut down tonight for only the second time in history
Head for the hills: A sign in Grand Central on Sunday evening as New York braced for Hurricane Sandy