With the city’s transportation shutting down tonight, the mayor also announced the closure of schools on Monday.
Heavy rains and strong winds have also forced evacuations of low-lying areas throughout the five boroughs.
“Due to anticipated inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy, all New York City public schools will be closed to students tomorrow, October 29. Administrative offices will be open. All after-school activities and Public Schools Athletic League events will also be cancelled. We are asking that school staff and employees assigned to a shelter site to report to their posts,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
A decision has yet to be made regarding school openings on Tuesday, though the mayor said he hopes that children will be able to return by then.