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Subway system to shut down at 7 p.m. in advance of Hurriane Sandy

MTA worker locks up a gate at Union

MTA worker locks up a gate at Union Square station in advance of Hurricane Irene in 2011. (Getty) Credit: MTA worker locks up a gate at Union Square station in advance of Hurricane Irene in 2011. (Getty)

Public transit will be shut down Sunday night as the area braces for the expected impact of Hurricane Sandy.

New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo announced at a news conference on Sunday that the city subway system will begin its shut-down at 7 p.m. on Sunday in advance of the storm. City buses will stop at 9 p.m. Sunday.

"This is nothing to play with," Cuomo said. "We have to take this very seriously."

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will begin their shut-downs at 7 p.m. MTA's bridges and tunnels are scheduled to stay open Sunday night, and will closed on a case-by-case business.

The area's airports are not being closed yet, Cuomo said, although he advised travelers to check with their airlines about any flights during the next few days.

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