Nightly News | October 28, 2012
>> the total shutdown of mass transit areas. crews are going door to door urging people to get to safety.
>> reporter: this is a mandatory evacuation, not only in lower manhattan , but in other areas of the city. areas like queens, staten island , as shown in yellow on the map. they could see storm surges anywhere between 6 and 12 feet. many of those residents spent the day today packing up and heading to safer areas of the city or out of the city all together. some are still opting to stay tonight, that is of great concern for new york's mayor michael bloomberg , his biggest fear is that people will not leave and emergency workers will potentially lose their lives trying to rescue them, some 76 evacuation centers have been set up in the area and, lester, the water behind me, if those storm surges as predicted could be as high as my knees or waist.