Schools are closed, offices are shuttered and flood waters are rising along much of the eastern seaboard as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the American northeast.
"Do things indoors. It doesn't mean you can't go out to eat, doesn't mean you can't go out, it's just more dangerous to do so," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg implored in a press conference Monday afternoon.
President Barack Obama praised state and local officials for their preparations and urged citizens to listen to local leaders when they called for evacuations, and when they told them to stay indoors. And for anyone who wasn't listening, he had a particular message.
"You're putting first responders in danger," he said.