“As Hurricane Sandy prepares to make landfall… several Apple Stores along the East Coast have begun to prepare for the storm,” Jake Smith reports for 9to5Mac.

“Jonathan Wald tweeted several pictures showing how the iconic 5th Avenue Store in New York is preparing,” Smith reports. “The store front is being blocked off with sandbags, and additionally MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and iPads are being covered in plastic bags to prevent water damage.”

Smith reports, “An Apple Store in Philadelphia also prepared this morning with sandbags.”

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Gary Allen reports for ifoAppleStore, “Apple’s retail operations team is in high gear with the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy, closing down some stores in five states, the District of Columbia, and preparing for disruptions as far north as Canada.”

“At least 35 stores are within the landfall prediction zone defined by the National Weather Service, and another 15 stores are just outside the zone, particularly New York City and the region north. New York City stores were closed and dark on Sunday evening, and sandbags were being stacked outside storefronts,” Allen reports. “The underground Fifth Avenue (NYC) store staff took further precautions for its underground retail space, cleverly wrapping all the display table products with white plastic, Apple draw-string shopping bags to provide water protection.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]