UPDATED BELOW: As Northeasterners batten down the hatches and stock up on supplies, denizens of the Internet have begun to document Sandy's coming.
Salon reader Robert Berkman sent in this image of bread shelves emptied in Brooklyn's Park Slope Food Coop:
Reader Andy Rothwell sent in this video of pre-hurricane Philadelphia, captured on his preparation beer run:
And Tim Pool, an independent videographer best known for his coverage of protest and unrest around the country, filmed this video of pre-storm New York:
Assistant station manager Cory Harris locks up New York's Grand Central Station. New York transit is shut down until further notice, via MTA Photos:
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On Sunday afternoon, climate activists with the group 350.org gathered in New York's Times Square ahead of Sandy's arrival to draw attention to climate change and the lack of attention paid to the issue in the presidential campaigns. Via 350.org, photo by Adam Welz [h/t Huffington Post]:
As Hurricane Sandy barrels down on the East Coast, scientists are connecting the dots between increasingly extreme weather and global warming. Yet for most of this year’s presidential election, the words “climate change” have gone unmentioned. The issue was not raised in a presidential debate for the first time since 1988.
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UPDATE 9:30pm: Senior editor at the New York Observer Hunter Walker tweets an image that shows New York's Gowanus Canal beginning to flood. Reports earlier Sunday warned that water from the canal could carry a toxic mix of human excrement, oil and heavy metals into surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods:
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