Hurricane Sandy grew stronger and faster early Monday, bringing a "life-threatening storm surge" to the East Coast, forecasters said.
The storm surge, "is already at Irene levels," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a late morning news conference.
"The question is going to be at what levels does the surge take us to later on this afternoon, late this evening when it's actually high tide. If there's a possible area of concern, that is it."
As a precaution, the governor said, the Holland Tunnel and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, recently renamed the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, would be closed at 2 p.m. "Both are prone to flood," he said.