Nightly News | October 28, 2012
>> tonight time is quickly running out for those in the path to prepare and they're likely to find the shelves sold out if the store is even open.
>> reporter: good evening to you, lester, the beach here is almost completely gone. the waves have been building all day at eight to ten feet, the winds are gustsing to 35 miles an hour, where the situation is getting very dangerous. that's why this and so many other areas around the coast have been evacuated for the most part. also president obama added his voice to all the warnings to take this storm very seriously.
>> this is a serious and baying storm. and my first message is to all people across the eastern seaboard , the mid-atlantic going north that you need to take this very seriously. and follow the instructions of your state, and local officials, because they are going to be providing you with the best advice in terms of how to deal with this storm over the coming days.
>> reporter: the awesome power of hurricane sandy churning up the atlantic drew people to the coastal beaches for one last look. thousands heeded the warnings and headed to safety. while police in island towns like point pleasant beach went door to door enforcing a mandatory evacuation order.
>> we lucked out with irene, and this may be worse, it's scary.
>> reporter: in atlantic city , the last minute rush to board up the gambling mecca, which now looks like a ghost town . along the east coast from delaware to connecticut, hundreds of thousands after people live in mandatory evacuation areas. more than 370,000 alone in new york city . where the entire transit system , trains, busses and subways shut down tonight. further inland in nrnl new jersey some race to open reservoirs and rivers hoping to avoid what's expected to be major flooding. local leaders have been plenty.
>> we need you to act puntly.
>> reporter: electrical crews plan to work all night and help is on the way , utility workers as for as way . with the weather getting so bad, authorities say the best advise is to just stay at home , that's probably going to be the safest place, a lot of schools and businesses up and down the coast are going to be closeded tomorrow and probably for a few days to come, because the storm as you know is not going anywhere for quite a while. lester?
>> ron allen on the new mexijersey coast tonight, as we