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Storm Surge, New York City, Partial Evacuation

August 26, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

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The mayor of New York City has announced evacuation of parts of the city while the National Hurricane Center has released storm surge probability data that reveals a 80% likelihood of storm surge above 5 feet surrounding the NYC metropolitan area.

Never before have so many people evacuated from NYC, and never before have so many people there had to suddenly face their own survival preparedness plans. No doubt that the store shelves are emptying fast, the streets and freeways are clogged, while hundreds of thousands are fleeing the area.

(For those who are outside of the area… this is why having a pre-made survival preparedness plan, and supplies, is so important)

 

Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas

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. This includes all parts of the Rockaways due to its exposure to the ocean. People should be out of these areas by 5PM on Saturday.

Residents who live in Zone A are strongly encouraged to stay with friends or family outside an evacuation zone. Evacuation Centers will be open Friday at 4 PM for residents who have no alternative shelter.

MTA service including subways, buses, and railroads will begin to shut down at noon tomorrow, so please prepare to evacuate immediately.

 

Map of New York City Hurricane Evacuation Zones
Current Evacuation Order: Zone A (check with your locality)

New York City Evacuation Zone Finder (enter your address)

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Storm Surge: When a hurricane pushes a wall of water ahead of it.

 

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