Hurricane Sandy cancels major Google event

Posted by Mark Raby

A major Google Android event was scheduled to take place in an area of New York City that is currently in the middle of a mandatory evacuation.

Google probably thought it was pretty safe to schedule an Android event in New York City in late October.

However, no one could have predicted the major storm that is making its way up the East Coast right now. So Google's event that was supposed to take place today has been canceled.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in New Jersey later today, with New York as a major target for tropical storm and hurricane force winds for more than 24 hours.

While the storm is not posing incredibly dangerous conditions in New York right now for the morning event, New York state has shut down the entire mass transit system meaning most reporters would have no way to even get to the event.

In addition, the venue that Google chose is near the coast of Manhattan, where the city's mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered a mandatory evacuation. Many huge companies with offices in this evacuation have closed for business today, including Citigroup and American Express. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are also closed today, the first time that the NYSE has closed in more than 20 years.

It was expected that Google would use the event to unveil the latest version of Android as well as a 10-inch version of its Nexus tablet as well as a 3G version of the Nexus 7.