Apple looks set to close up to 50 retail stores across the East Coast of the Unites States as hurricane Sandy approaches. The Cupertino company is in the process of boarding up windows at 35 stores within the landfall of the hurricane’s path, in addition to another 15 just outside the zone across the northeastern U.S. and Canada.
Several Apple stores in New York City, including the flagship store underground on Fifth Avenue, were closed on Sunday evening. Sandbags were stacked outside the storefronts, while all the devices within them were wrapped up in plastic bags in an effort to prevent water damage.
Other stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC also received similar protection against rising water, ifoAppleStore reports, which will be a major threat to Apple’s maple wood display tables and the electrical outlets within the floors.
The storm prediction zone was extended beyond the Canadian border on Sunday night, and could hit as many as 12 states, bringing up to 25 centimeters of rain, 60 centimeters of snow, extreme storm surges, and power cuts.