It's 2:30 pm in New York City and the place is closed down. Janine Dixon, a Discovery Institute colleague in the City for a visit, is stranded at a diner in the East Village. Evacuations are taking place just south of her location on East 10th. It is raining now but Hurricane Sandy has not hit land yet. That landfall is expected tonight in New Jersey.
Nonetheless, New York authorities closed down subway, train and air traffic last night at 7 pm. The tunnels were closed, too. But simultaneously people were being urged to leave the City. Does that make sense? Why eliminate exit possibilities over 24 hours before the storm actually hits?