msnbc | October 28, 2012
>> thanks. it's not too often we hear the words philadelphia and hurricane mixed in the same sentence. hurricane irene moved, big, powerful storms cause just as much destruction inland as they dump huge amounts of water and cause wind damage. the current storm track for hurricane sandy churning in the atlantic has it expecting to make a sharp left turn through the commonwealth of p.a. after it comes ashore tomorrow. this storm could be headed to philadelphia . michael nutter is the mayor of philadelphia . sir, i know that philadelphia has already gone under through your declaration a state of emergency . what does that mean for philly residents.
>> the opportunity to talk about philadelphia . let me go back and say, it was a tremendous call that the president convened and previded over, he gave reassurance to all of us, the number of mayors on the call and all the governors up and down the east coast . the president's leadership on this issue is reassuring and he was very direct and very forceful, as you heard, about fema, the department of homeland security , administrator fugate and we are coordinating with them and certainly our governor here, corbett in pennsylvania. we saw it last year with hurricane irene , significant amount of rainfall in a relatively short period of time. not as high winds as anticipated. in this one, we are anticipating significant amount of rainfall in a short amount of time, four to eight inches of rain as you mentioned, as the president mentioned, slow moving storm. also, the prospect of winds and wind gusts of plus 50 miles an hour. that is significant. it's a great northeastern city which is one of our great qualities. one of the challenges is, it's a great northeastern city with old infrastructure, tons of trees and power lines . all of that can be affected by a storm like this. we are geared up and ready go. partnered with the state and federal government and all forces on the ground. this is all hands on deck. government, exc ept emergency personnel is closed tomorrow. schools are closed, public schools , catholic schools and charter schools . buses will end at midnight no later than 2:00 a.m . on monday. we are ready take the storm. citizens know what to do, how to do it. we are going to be with them every step of the way.
>> you are saying bus and rail, the public systems are shutting down at midnight tomorrow night or tonight? sunday to monday or monday into tuesday.
>> sunday into monday. midnight tonight. when those runs have gone to their conclusion, some are between midnight tonight and 2:00 a.m . that will be the end of all service here in philadelphia . there will be no mass transit service in philadelphia tomorrow. there's no school tomorrow. the city government will be closed with the exception of essential emergency or first responder designated personnel to come in. we are taking this very, very seriously. it is raining right now. not significant. it will pick up in the course of the night and into tomorrow. we'll get the heaviest rain and that combination of high winds . it's a full moon so significantly higher tide in the delaware. we are concerned about those rivers, creeks and streams in philadelphia as well.
>> mayor michael nutter , thank you