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New York Mayor orders city evacuation over hurricane

Published on Oct 28, 2012 11:50 PM

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today ordered the evacuation of 375,000 people in low-lying areas threatened by Hurricane Sandy.

"This is a serious and dangerous storm," Mr Bloomberg told a news conference as he ordered the mandatory evacuation ahead of the storm which is expected to start hitting tomorrow.

Tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S. in the path of a massive freak storm have braced for the first raindrops that were expected later in the day, to be followed over the next few days by sheets of rain, high winds and even heavy snow.

The warning from officials to anyone who might be affected was simple: Be prepared and get out of the way.

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