Hurricane Irene: New York City Evacuation Orders (Map)
Mayor Bloomberg Orders Evacuations in New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered mandatory evacuations in New York City as Hurricane Irene approaches. Hurricane Irene is expected to reach NYC between 8am and noon on Sunday, August 28.
This is the first mandatory evacuation in New York City's history. If you live in Zone A, you are ordered to evacuate by 5pm on August 27. Zone A includes (but is not limited to) Battery Park City, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Red Hook, as well as parts of the Lower East Side and East Village.
Hurricane shelters will open at 4pm on Friday, August 26. Shelters are distributed throughout New York City, and are more highly-concentrated in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
What About the Brooklyn Bridge? Manhattan Bridge?
New York's bridges will be closed if sustained winds reach speeds greater than 60mph.
As some New Yorkers prepare to seek higher ground, others stock up on supplies... for example, at the Trader Joe's Wine Shop on 14th Street. The Federal State of Emergency issued for New York does not cover Three-Buck Chuck.