By Laura Marrinan
NEW YORK - New York City announced the closing of its subway system as officials prepare for Hurricane Sandy, CNN reported Sunday.
New York's mass transit system, the nation's largest, will suspend subway service starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, according to CNN.
"A situation like this, you don't want to be overly panicked and overly prepared, but you want to be prudent and you want to do what is necessary," the Star Tribune reported New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
The storm is expected to cause multiple power outages as well as major flooding, CNN reported.
Regardless of the severity of the storm, the subway is expected to be at least slightly flooded, the Star Tribune reported.
Rainfall is expected to begin on the east coast late Sunday of early Monday, the Star Tribune reported. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit over 800 miles from the east coast to the Great Lakes.