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29. August 2011

Hurricane Irene: GKD media façade warns citizens of New York

At 9 a.m. (3 p.m. MESZ) the calm before the storm in New York was literally over. With a wind speed of 150 kilometers per hour, Hurricane Irene advanced along the East Coast of the United States toward the city. As a tropical storm with “only” 100 kilometers per hour Irene hit the metropolis causing severe flooding and electric power outages.

As a precaution, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a state of emergency for the Big Apple initiating the evacuation of areas at risk. For the first time in the history of the city public transportation was shut down. Widely visible warnings against the hurricane and the resulting suspension of service on subways and buses were shown at the Mediamesh® façade by GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG, which had been installed at the Port Authority Bus Terminal a couple of weeks ago. Once the water has been drained from the flooded stations, public transportation can be put into service again.

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