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Grand Central Deserted and Subway CLOSED for Only Second Time in History as New York Goes into Lock Down

Frantic passengers sprinted for the last  trains pulling out of Grand Central Station in New York City this evening as the  transport system shut down for only the second time in history.

New York is on lock down in anticipation of  Hurricane Sandy causing trains, the subway and buses to stop at 7pm on Sunday  night.

Cavernous Grand Central on 42nd Street was  eerily deserted as the NYPD patrolled to make sure every passenger had  left.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that those  living in low-lying areas  must evacuate and that all public schools will be  closed tomorrow as the storm barrels towards the city.

End of the line: The last few people make their way through Grand Central Station in New York as the subway shut down tonight for only the second time in history

Police officers went door-to-door tonight,  taking the names of those who had ignored the mandatory evacuation order.

New Yorkers were quick to respond,  rushing  to snatch up essentials and leaving lines stretching out the doors of grocery  stores. Staples like bread and water flew  off the shelves as the city’s  8million residents prepared for the  megastorm.

Stockpile: People try to get through the aisles at Whole Foods Market in midtown Manhattan

Risky: NYPD officers speak with a woman as they go door-to-door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches

The mayor urged residents of New York to stay  inside as much as possible  starting at sundown tonight, warning of winds  reaching more than 80mph and  torrential rain.

In addition to low-lying areas of Manhattan,  Bloomberg ordered that  residents of the Rockaways, a low-lying area of Queens  by Jamaica Bay,  evacuate.

‘If you  don’t evacuate, you are not only  endangering your life, you are also  endangering the lives of the first  responders who are going in to rescue you,’ he said today.

‘This is a serious and dangerous  storm.’

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo echoed  Bloomberg’s warnings. ‘A situation like this, you don’t want to be  overly  panicked and overly prepared, but you want to be prudent, you  want to do what’s  necessary,’ he said.

Cuomo also said the National Guard would be  deployed, 200 troops in New York City, and 400 on Long Island.

Head for the hills: A sign in Grand Central on Sunday evening as New York braced for Hurricane Sandy

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