Schools, financial markets, subways shut down as storm approaches New York

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Associated Press

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Waves are splashing over the sea walls at the southern tip of Manhattan -- hours before the worst of a mammoth storm is supposed to hit the nation's largest city.

It's bringing a wall of water that could reach 11 feet.

Two major tunnels to downtown Manhattan that are prone to flooding have been closed. And the city has already canceled schools tomorrow for a second day.

It's already shut down its mass transit system, and ordered hundreds of thousands to leave their homes.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's "no chance" that mass transit will be back in operation by tomorrow morning.

The city's financial markets are shut down, as are Broadway shows.

Crowds gathered today along the South Street Seaport until police shooed them away.

In Battery Park City, a complex of high-rise offices and apartment buildings that were built on a landfill in lower Manhattan, holdouts have been watching as the Hudson River rises. It's started to breach parts of the scenic walkways along the river.

People were still out jogging, walking their dogs and taking infants out in strollers amid gusts of wind.

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211-a-13-(Governor Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., at news conference)-"we made today"-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says both the Holland and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels are being closed. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (29 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *211 (10/29/12)>> 00:13 "we made today"

213-a-18-(Howard Glaser, director of State Operations, at news conference)-"more serious flooding"-New York State operations director Howard Glaser says the projected storm surge is very worrisome in New York City. ((note cut length)) (29 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *213 (10/29/12)>> 00:18 "more serious flooding"

212-a-13-(Joseph Lhota (LOH'-tuh), chairman, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, at news conference)-"very well together"-Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joseph Lhota says the MTA is doing everything it can to keep storm surge water out of lower Manhattan subway tunnels. (29 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *212 (10/29/12)>> 00:13 "very well together"

GRAPHICSBANK: Hurricane Sandy off coast of eastern US (10/29/2012 at 15:45 UTC), GOES satellite photo (29 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO NJJC113: One World Trade Center, right, peeks through a light rain as water from the Hudson River creeps up on Pier A Park with the expected arrival of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NJJC105: A vehicle makes its way toward the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, N.J., as the street is nearly deserted, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the tunnel to be shut down as of 2 p.m. Monday as Hurricane Sandy nears the New York/New Jersey region. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (29 Oct 2012)

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