may probably will shut down tomorrow in anticipation of the arrival of Frankenstorm, the hybrid hurricane/winter storm that is due to hit the city and cause lots of anxiety (and perhaps a little property damage). Times like these call for the slightly diminutive-but-no-less-fatherly patron saint of Small Sodas to step up and calm everybody down. Just don't tell him you haven't prepped your Go Bag yet! "Yo soy will givero update de hurricaño at el 6pm. Por favor no que panicking until despues los announcemento," El Bloombito tweeted accurately. Watch Bloomberg's update on storm preparations below.
Update: Wearing one of his classic calm-inducing sweaters, Bloomberg did his best to assuage fears about what will happen over the next few days as FRANKENSTORM bares down on the East Coast. "What our expectation is during the day tomorrow: it'll be windy, maybe a little bit of rain, not much during the day," he said. "The storm would start getting worse Sunday evening and go into Monday. Don't get lulled tomorrow when there's not a lot of rain and not a lot of wind. This is a dangerous storm and I think we're going to be okay, but if it were to strengthen unexpectedly or stray from its expected path, you could be at a lot of risk."
For now, Bloomberg is not ordering any evacuations for any parts of the city, though he tempered that by saying: "Even though we are not ordering evacuations, conditions will be dangerous during the storm. The safest thing to do is stay inside." He said that the biggest worry was Monday evening: "The biggest unknown here is the storm surge, which on Monday night could be a record." He gave some grandfatherly advice about how you can start to prepare: "There will be a lot of wind, no matter what happens. It would make some sense tonight to take a few big pots and fill them with water and put them on the side."
They haven't decided yet whether to close the schools on Monday (they'll decide tomorrow), but all events in city parks after 2 p.m. Sunday have been cancelled, and all parks will be closed by 5 p.m. tomorrow. All city offices will be open Monday as of now, and city employees are expected to show up at work; sanitation pickup will also proceed as normal Monday as of now. "If you put out your trash, try to make sure it's not going to get blown around," he said, advising, "Put some weights on them so they don't get blown around."
He also made a point of warning surfers from being seduced by the "attractive" conditions:
Let me say something again and again and again. The beaches are dangerous and surfing is extremely dangerous. You may want to run the risk, but if we have to send our emergency workers in to save you, their lives are at risk. This is just much too dangerous a storm, and for a small amount of pleasure your life might be in danger but the emergency workers' lives will certainly be in danger.
Sixty-five shelters around the city will be open as of 9 a.m. tomorrow (you can call 311 or check NYC.gov for their locations). Bloomberg said that the decision whether to shut down the MTA would be made tomorrow afternoon, and the city would support whatever they decided. As for power outages, Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke told people to watch out for downed wires. "We anticipate that the damage and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy will be worse than Hurricane Irene," he said.
Bloomberg added that there will be another briefing on the storm tomorrow afternoon, probably around 6 p.m. he summed everything up so: "Monday is the big day. Storm surge Monday night is the big one we're worried about. By Tuesday mid-day, weather should start to improve."