Times Square eerily vacant as Hurricane Sandy hits east coast

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 29, 2012 21:45 EDT
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Amateur video uploaded to YouTube on Monday night showed a nearly empty Times Square — a rare sight in an area of New York City that is almost always jammed full of cars and people.

The brightly-lit area is a major hub for the entertainment industry and a frequent destination for tourists from around the world. But as Hurricane Sandy quickly approached the east coast, Times Square was only populated by a couple of taxi drivers and a handful of pedestrians.

Like much of the northern east coast, New York City was in lockdown as the storm approached.

Officials preemptively shut down the city’s mass transit system, closed all four bridges over the East River into Manhattan and shut off power to parts of downtown Manhattan. Most businesses, including the New York Stock Exchange, closed for the day as well.

High winds and flooding from the superstorm are expected to cause about $20 billion in damage.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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