As darkness settles in Long Island City, most of the lights in the apartments on Center Blvd. remain lit, even after a mandatory evacuation by Mayor Bloomberg. Earlier on today, hordes of people were lining up at Fresh Cellar and Duane Reade to buy provisions. After a brief chat with a handful of them, most of them have decided to stay.
The biggest problem with the storm for Long Island City residents will be the massive storm surge as well as the large amount of rain. This could potentially cut out electricity to the buildings as well as heat.
The New York Times says:
The storm surge is perhaps the most pressing danger immediately. In its latest report, the National Hurricane Center said there was a possibility of a storm surge as high as 11 feet above normal levels along Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay — significantly higher than in previous forecasts — and warned that major flooding could occur across the Eastern Seaboard. In addition to a storm surge, forecasters expected torrential rains in some regions, which would add to the flooding problems.
Bunker down friends…this is gonna be a long 2 days! Stay closely tuned to LIC Spot as we bring the you latest!