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An aberrant storm in New York City may suspend bus, rail, and ferry services down for an unprecedented amount of time.

All major transportation services were suspended Sunday night in New York City and New Jersey, and will likely stay that way until at least Wednesday. The worst of the storm isn’t projected to reach NYC until sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning and damages may keep the services closed for even longer. Nearly 8.5 million people regularly ride the closed subway, train, and buses.

When Mayor Bloomberg shut down the New York City subway on Sunday afternoon, it was only the second time the service was shut down due to the weather.  The first was in August 2011 when subway services were halted for two days dues to Hurricane Irene.

Although over 8,000 flights have been cancelled, airports are expected to remain open throughout the storm.  The Port Authority predicts that 4-foot surges would flood LaGuardia Airport’s runways and there is an expectation for water surges to rise between 6 and 11 feet.

Bridges and tunnels remain open as of Sunday evenings.

Keep track of transportation outages and eventual reopening with WNYC‘s transit tracker:

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Tags: natural disasters, nyc, rail, sandy

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