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Mangano Orders Mandatory Evacuations; Says Irene Will Make Direct Impact

Many South Shore and North Shore communities required to evacuate by 5 p.m. Saturday.

After declaring the county in a state of emergency earlier Friday afternoon, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is moving forward with mandatory evacuations along the north and south shores.

"After discussions with the National Weather Service, it appears that Nassau County will experience a direct impact from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, with heavy wind and rain arriving tomorrow," Mangano said at a press conference. "It is essential that this evacuation begin prior to wind gusts that exceed 55 miles per hour. Once winds exceed this level, flying debris could be deadly. It is also essential that this evacuation begin immediately, as the MTA will shut down public transportation by noon on Saturday."

The mandatory evacuation order is for all residents living south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre and south of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border. All those residing in these areas must evacuate by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Residents should utilize coastal evacuation routes, which include:  Peninsula Boulevard, Long Beach Road, Meadowbrook Parkway and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.

More than two dozen shelters are opening across the county at 7 p.m. Click here for important numbers and links.

Ross August 27, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Amen to that. Be safe, everyone. Keep calm, and prepare for the power to be out for possibly days on end. Also, enjoy the storm.
Jennifer Mandell Hinderstein August 27, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Why do you have such a nasty tone? Live and let live. You do what you feel is the best thing for your family and let others do the same. No digs necessary.
GLMike August 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
They want us to leave...really? Does anyone really trust the Nassau Police Department to keep your house from being robbed? Are you kidding? A pro-active department they are not. As long as Dunkin' Donuts is operation, they will be happy.
joan gold August 27, 2011 at 03:57 PM
I think everyone should just take care of themselves..this is a personal choice..if the emergency police and medics aren't going to come to me, you are not being impacted..If someone feels more comfortable staying, that is their business..enough with putting your personal info on your body..I think that by the county ordering mandatory evacuations by 5:00 it opens your home to robberies..and why would I be safe a few blocks away, north of Sunrise..really, this is all up to our own discretion..so stop being so sure of yourself..take care of YOU and leave everyone the same option.
Paul August 27, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Unfortunately, I can't evacuate. As a pathologist, the county needs me to be available on-call to identify and autopsy the few hundred or so bodies they predict will be afloat on Sunday.

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