Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas in all five boroughs. Evacuation Centers will be open Friday at 4 PM for residents who have no alternative shelter.
*Use the HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE FINDER to find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone
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*NOTE: The Evacuation Center marked in the hurricane evacuation zone map as Aqueduct Racetrack, Rockaway Blvd. & 108th Street in Queens is being replaced by John Adams High School, 101-01 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, 11417.
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The unprecedented evacuation order issued Friday covers 250,000 residents of NYC coastal areas in "Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens, South Beach, Midland Beach, and other low-lying areas on Staten Island, Battery Park City in Manhattan, and some small sections of the Bronx," according to Bloomberg in a statement issued at 1:45 p.m. Friday.
With the "New York Cit Hurricane Evacuation Zones" map, you can see whether you live in an evacuation zone, and find shelter or evacuation center.
"I urge New Yorkers to personally prepare for hurricane conditions and to cooperate with emergency officials if needed."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas, including Battery Park City and Coney Island, while area trains, buses and subways prepared to shut tomorrow as Hurricane Irene approached.
All New Jersey rail service will be suspended from noon tomorrow, Governor Chris Christie said. Hurricane Irene, a Category 2 storm currently forecast to make landfall in North Carolina tomorrow, threatens to inflict the worst destruction in the Northeast since Hurricane Gloria in 1985. More Evacuations
Early evacuation orders included Atlantic County, home of Atlantic City, the second-largest U.S. gambling center.
New York City residents in the affected neighborhoods must leave by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Bloomberg said during a City Hall news briefing. Battery Park City is home to almost 40,000 people. About 70,000 live in Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park in Queens.
"This is a mandatory evacuation," Bloomberg said. Coney Island