Today, New York City tops the nation- wide list of cities most likely to suffer a hurricane disaster, experts say.
In Queens, that means clearing thousands of residents from the Rockaways, Howard Beach and other shoreline communities that will be in the direct path of hurricane-force winds and towering tidal surges.
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But OEM’s evacuation plan, deemed inadequate in a report conducted by the New York State Assembly last year, will be put to the test. City officials must figure out how to stretch their resources –– 881 public shelters for an estimated 1.4 million evacuees who say they would need public shelter during a major hurricane, according to an Army Corps of Engineers study.
Next week’s Queens Chronicle will detail the extensive damage and loss of life that would be suffered in the borough if a major hurricane were to land in New York City.
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Graphic from Queens Chronicle