Evacuations Launched as Sandy Closes In

Residents in Delaware and New Jersey told to leave
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2012 6:54 PM CDT
Large waves generated by Hurricane Sandy crash into Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, NC, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as the storm moves up the east coast.    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(Newser) – With forecasters saying Hurricane Sandy may be the worst East Coast storm ever, governors from North Carolina to Connecticut have declared states of emergency and New York City officials say they might shut down the subway tomorrow, the AP reports. In Delaware, officials have ordered 50,000 to evacuate along the coastline and more in low-lying parts of Wilmington, the New York Times reports. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has stopped campaigning for Mitt Romney in order to tackle the "Frankenstorm."

Christie today ordered evacuations of barrier islands and coastal towns, including Atlantic City and Wildwood, and said he would close all 12 state casinos starting at 4pm tomorrow. In Atlantic City, officials said they will bus all 30,000 residents to mainland schools and shelters starting at noon tomorrow. "Everyone’s saying, 'This is crap, it isn’t going to happen. The weathermen always get it wrong, so I’m just going to hang out here,'" Christie said. "Please don’t, OK? We have to be prepared for the worst here." You can follow Sandy's progress here.

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