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City Orders MANDATORY Evacuation Of Zone A, Including Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach And Sheepshead Bay

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Residents of Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach and sections of Sheepshead Bay – as well as others living in Evacuation Zone A – are being ordered by city officials to evacuate to safer grounds as Hurricane Irene approaches.

Along the southern tip of Brooklyn, Zone A includes all of Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach and Coney Island, as well as all residences between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway. The entire waterfront commercial district of Sheepshead Bay – including all businesses and residences between Ocean Parkway and Ocean Avenue from the water to Avenue X are also in Zone A.

Residents must be out of the area by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, the city said. Additionally, the entire city’s mass transit system – including buses, subways, ferries and light rail – will shut down at noon on Saturday.

Penalties for failing to evacuate could include fines or prison time, though it’s expected the city would only levy such punishments in severe cases.

Mayor Bloomberg ordered the evacuation during a press conference this afternoon, a step that he said has never been done in the city’s history. Approximately 250,000 people – in areas including the financial district of Manhattan, all of the Rockaways and huge swaths of Staten Island in additional to local Brooklyn coastal communities – are being required to evacuate.

The city’s 91 evacuation centers will open at 4 p.m. today, allowing residents and their pets a place of refuge. You can find a list of evacuation centers here.

Need to know if you’re in Zone A? Here’s an interactive map from WNYC:

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  1. LOL, this storm is already petering out and the weather-thingy people on TV sound so disappointed.  I live in Zone A and I’m not going anywhere.  All this will be is a bit of rain and wind, what a joke!

  2. i live at the northern tip of Zone A. I will wait till a police officer or government official knocks on my door telling my family to leave.

  3. I’m not leaving no matter what.  For a thunderstorm?  LOL.  This is gonna go down as another giant blunder by Mayor Mikey, who is just trying to protect his ego after his snowstorm escapades last Xmas.  He thinks this is his “legacy storm,” LOL.

  4. Just try leaving your house and then all the scum will be in to rip you off.  Uh-uh, no way.  Zone A will be a looter’s paradise.

  5. If anyone with a dog or cat (animals must be friendly and fully vetted!!) needs a place, and is willing to help bottle feed baby kittens, care for dogs, and is just an all around nice guy/gal we have room for one or two more people& their animals in the white zone (park slope)!
     Not a free vacation, you will be expeced to help some- laugh some and keep things light, and animals calm! Please feel free to contact me if you want to help.

  6. I think this site had a full or partial crash earlier last night or this a.m.?  I could not get to post a comment. anyways I am glad you took my suggestion (or thought of it) to post the Zone Map and locater finder.  Also, there are lines are local gas stations along Knapp Street. I havent seen gasoline lines since the Jimmy Carter Days. As the song said back then “who put line in Gasoline?”

  7. Dang it – we can’t decide if we should stay or head to BK – if we get stuck there for days it would suck.  I would rather be stuck here.  I’m just picturing tsunami flooding and horrible things.  I’m on 2nd floor of typical sheepshead townhouse.  

  8. I live on shore parkway 3rd floor apartment but I left something about a hurricane and living on the third floor that bothers me

  9. Some forecasters claim the real blustery winds are not coming from Hurricane Irene, but from local officials up and down the eastern seaboard issuing evacuation orders in the wake of the storm’s weekend arrival.

    “North of Delaware, most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds,” said Dr. Simon Atkins CEO, Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC].

    “The demise of Irene has already begun,” Dr. Atkins explained. “There is no visible eye. The storm intensity is down to 99 mph. This would be a low-end category 2 or a strong category 1 storm, while 36 hours ago some predicted a catastrophic category 4 storm.
    Air Force Reserve aircraft have found that Irene’s eyewall has collapsed, and the central pressure has risen — rising pressure means a weakening storm.”

    “The reduction in storm intensity likely confirms that this storm is not going to be as monstrous as it has been publicly forecast to be.”

    Dr. Atkin’s argument is backed up by the National Weather Service, which shows Hurricane Irene is already weakening. The bureau has lowered its warning for the tri-state area from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

  10. Some forecasters claim the real blustery winds are not coming from Hurricane Irene, but from local officials up and down the eastern seaboard issuing evacuation orders in the wake of the storm’s weekend arrival.

    “North of Delaware, most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds,” said Dr. Simon Atkins CEO, Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC].

    “The demise of Irene has already begun,” Dr. Atkins explained. “There is no visible eye. The storm intensity is down to 99 mph. This would be a low-end category 2 or a strong category 1 storm, while 36 hours ago some predicted a catastrophic category 4 storm.
    Air Force Reserve aircraft have found that Irene’s eyewall has collapsed, and the central pressure has risen — rising pressure means a weakening storm.”

    “The reduction in storm intensity likely confirms that this storm is not going to be as monstrous as it has been publicly forecast to be.”

    Dr. Atkin’s argument is backed up by the National Weather Service, which shows Hurricane Irene is already weakening. The bureau has lowered its warning for the tri-state area from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

  11. Some forecasters claim the real blustery winds are not coming from Hurricane Irene, but from local officials up and down the eastern seaboard issuing evacuation orders in the wake of the storm’s weekend arrival.

    “North of Delaware, most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds,” said Dr. Simon Atkins CEO, Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC].

    “The demise of Irene has already begun,” Dr. Atkins explained. “There is no visible eye. The storm intensity is down to 99 mph. This would be a low-end category 2 or a strong category 1 storm, while 36 hours ago some predicted a catastrophic category 4 storm.
    Air Force Reserve aircraft have found that Irene’s eyewall has collapsed, and the central pressure has risen — rising pressure means a weakening storm.”

    “The reduction in storm intensity likely confirms that this storm is not going to be as monstrous as it has been publicly forecast to be.”

    Dr. Atkin’s argument is backed up by the National Weather Service, which shows Hurricane Irene is already weakening. The bureau has lowered its warning for the tri-state area from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

  12. Some forecasters claim the real blustery winds are not coming from Hurricane Irene, but from local officials up and down the eastern seaboard issuing evacuation orders in the wake of the storm’s weekend arrival.

    “North of Delaware, most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds,” said Dr. Simon Atkins CEO, Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC].

    “The demise of Irene has already begun,” Dr. Atkins explained. “There is no visible eye. The storm intensity is down to 99 mph. This would be a low-end category 2 or a strong category 1 storm, while 36 hours ago some predicted a catastrophic category 4 storm.
    Air Force Reserve aircraft have found that Irene’s eyewall has collapsed, and the central pressure has risen — rising pressure means a weakening storm.”

    “The reduction in storm intensity likely confirms that this storm is not going to be as monstrous as it has been publicly forecast to be.”

    Dr. Atkin’s argument is backed up by the National Weather Service, which shows Hurricane Irene is already weakening. The bureau has lowered its warning for the tri-state area from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

  13. That’s not gonna happen, because they’re relying on people to be smart about it on their own. Enforcing it would require more man power than they can spare, and more wasted time. Plus as far as I understand, one reason why they’re calling it mandatory even if they can’t enforce it, is because in case of emergency during the actual storm, the higher risk areas are not going to be getting help as quickly as the other zones. They’ll be assumed empty.

  14. Ugh. This has nothing to do with Bloomie’s “legacy”, or as some people call it, his “overcompensating” for his winter failure. If you would turn on the news at all, you’ll see it’s not just him, but the entire East Coast saying the same things. Even the PotUS is issuing warnings.

    And just because it’s won’t be a full blown cat 3 hurricane when it reaches us doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still take precautions. Because NYC has never seen such a direct hit before, the city officials are figuring better safe than sorry. Besides, power lines could go down, there WILL be flooding, trees down, etc. South Brooklyn has seen toppled trees and real estate damage during lesser storms, so don’t think this will just be a passing thundershower. Your property may very well escape unscathed, but there are plenty of other areas that may not be as lucky.

  15. We live in Oceana about 200 feet from water on the second floor and we ain’t going nowhere, even though a lot of people packed their cars and left! We taped windows tied stuff down on balcony. We have 3 families in Zone A plus 7 pets, where are we suppose to evacuate? To Shelter? Ain’t going to happen.

  16. You live in oceana and you’re not leaving ? I live on the first floor here, closest building to the water. I’m debating whether I should go or not. I think theyre over doing it.

  17. I’m in Zone B, literally 3 blocks away from the southern tip of Zone A. Not going anywhere regardless.

  18. I know that in regular storms in zone A I would get flooding, a foot or so, on my court.  I just hope that if anything happens, no first responders risk their lives getting help to those who refused to leave.

  19. I live in Zone A, right by Ave Z and east 13th. I live on the 2nd floor of a building and not going anywhere…I think that this storm is waaay overhyped. I’m also slightly worried about people looting places they know will be empty in Zone A

  20. would it be a good idea to move my bbq gas grill inside my home? I’m in zone B couple blocks from zone A?

  21. i am living in Zone B .. my roommate says the same as you. but i am scared over here.. really thinking about hitting PA tomorrow morning!

  22. I think it would depend on where you are on the border. If you know your area is open to the bay or prone to flooding during heavy storms (like Gerritsen Beach after the last one that uprooted trees everywhere), you may want to consider going somewhere safer, just in case. Though I know a few people on the border that are staying just to make sure they can catch and try to stop leaks and flooding in their houses before they get too bad. It’s really your call at this point, but make it quickly: Hunker down or head to a relative/friend.

  23. As we say in Brooklyn, I ain’t going nowhere. Neither is my 83 year old mom. I’m going to evacuate from my Zone A area to her Zone A area.  See, we’re both old school. We don’t panic, we don’t scare.

    Here’s Bruce B’s prediction: by the time Irene hits NY, it will be a Joke (with a capital J), just like Gloria in 1985. I was supposed to evacuate then too. By the time Gloria hit, it was so “strong” that I saw some guy jogging through it along the Bay.

  24. You CAN go to a shelter with your pets!! They MUST be fully vetted (shots all caught up) If you need to get out please get in contact with me- sorry, we have many animals here so your pets MUST be animal friendly, or muzzled at all times while you are here. I know I am really upset about leaving my home, as I have large aquariums, I am popping in weekend feeders, battery packs for filters- but they wont last if this is more than a day thing.. So basically it was a choice to bring my four legged buddies to safe ground- AND help other animals in need- or stay put in MB and blow air in aquariums, and possibly risk my dog/cats.
     As a southerner, I know this is only a class 1 or 2-( I was fine in a class 3 outside trying to get a loose dog)but this is also New York- not used to hurricanes!
     Say what you will about Bloomie, but he is handling this pretty well!

  25. They just had a guy on MSNBC in the middle of the “storm” wearing a baseball cap and not getting wet.  This is a FARCE people!!!  They can’t find the storm.  There are a few waves, a bit of drizzle, and hardly any wind.  Anyone who evacuated is a CHUMP.

  26. Thanks Bruce.  I’ve never seen such a bunch of scared pansies in my life.  They can’t even find a storm on MSNBC this morning.  Luke Russert is standing in NC in his baseball cap and the water is placid as ice.  Bloomberg looks like a total fool shutting down New York City over a little rain.  This is one of the biggest FARCES in HISTORY.

  27. No, there won’t be any such thing.  Take a look at NC this morning.  Other than a bit of rough water, there is NOTHING happening.  The storm is already petering out.  What a joke — what a bunch of scared, gutless, media-driven pansies Americans have become.

  28. The storm is petering out.  They can’t even find it on MSNBC.  Luke Russert is standing outside in his baseball hat looking perplexed.  This whole thing has been a media-driven FARCE from the get-go.  Mikey Bloomberg shut down NYC over a few drops of rain, LOL.  What an idiot.

  29. The tide is a problem no matter what you think. If you are not a pansy come stand on a pier for the storm that is not a problem. I guess you do not own a home in the A zone.

  30. Good point. People can do whatever they want with regard to evacuation–but if your candle tips over and starts a fire, or if you get hit with flying glass and bleed heavily, don’t bother calling 911. They will have put presumptively empty neighborhoods at the bottom of their priority list. You are on your own. Make the choice, deal with the consequences–if any.

  31. Good point. People can do whatever they want with regard to evacuation–but if your candle tips over and starts a fire, or if you get hit with flying glass and bleed heavily, don’t bother calling 911. They will have put presumptively empty neighborhoods at the bottom of their priority list. You are on your own. Make the choice, deal with the consequences–if any.

  32. Yea – people who want to play it on the safe side and went to areas that would be safer are total chumps.  Chumps who want to avoid potential death if this hurricane picks up speed and could do some real damage and destruction.  People who do their best to lessen their risk of injury or death to their children or selves are total chumps.
    moron.

  33. You’re a CHUMP to listen to Uncle Mikey, who is just trying to cover his butt because of his Xmas snowstorm fuck-up.  Mikey thinks this is his “legacy storm,” but it will be a legacy he isn’t proud of when this weekend is over.  He’s shut down the subway for nothing and cost the city millions of dollars.  This storm is already DONE.  The center has collapsed and it is breaking up as it hits land.  You want to evacuate for a THUNDERSTORM???  LOL.  CHUMP!!!

  34. My glass is half full. I’m also in zone B, a block and a half away from zone C. i can’t believe for a moment that the people living in Manahattan beach are going to pick and leave their McMansions….

  35. I am 1 block out of A Zone. If I could have convinced the family to go to any one of several relatives I would say screw the house and it’s contents. We are staying and are prepared for any looters. It’s the ocean that is all mighty right now and that scares the hell out of me. I want my family alive and able to function on Monday.

  36. i hate to say it, but this Troll……. has a point.

    its funny how a hurricane can simulate the economy but the president can’t

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