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Hurricane Sandy surge could flood New York runways and subways

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“We left a little before high tide, and water was just crashing over the sea wall,” says Mr. Clarke. “There was only one road out from our house, and we just barely made it.”

On Monday morning at a press conference, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy implored residents to evacuate before the worst of the storm hit. He said the storm would bring two times more water into Long Island Sound than hurricane Irene.

The two most worrisome areas, says Mr. Aman, are western Long Island Sound, especially around LaGuardia airport, and Raritan Bay, which is close to Newark airport in New Jersey. “The latest NOAA information indicates there could be a 13 foot surge in those areas,” he says. “That would put part of the runways under water.”

The prospect of a surge of water prompted New York to shut down its subway service and close the Holland Tunnel and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg said bus and subway service would be shut down on Tuesday, as well. Financial markets will be closed for a second consecutive day Tuesday.

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