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Mandatory Fire Island Evacuation Ordered

Order goes into effect at 3 p.m. Friday with ferries going one-way only.

County and town officials have called for a mandatory evacuation of Fire Island ahead of .

The evacuation order will go into effect at 3 p.m. Friday, officials said, with ferry service immediately only going one-way back to the mainland. 

“It is vitally important that we remain vigilant in preparing for the potential devastation from Hurricane Irene,” Town of Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan said. “As a precaution, the Town of Islip has issued an evacuation order for Fire Island as a way to ensure the safety of our residents. We are asking everyone to take the time, secure their homes, and then get off Fire Island well in advance of this storm and the potential destruction it may bring.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko have also issued joint mandatory evacuation orders for Fire Island effective at 3 p.m.

Ferry operations are expected to shut down in both directions sometime after 2 p.m. Saturday, officials said.     

Roll Back Our Tax August 26, 2011 at 05:50 PM
All waterfront properties along southern LI coasts should have mandatory evacuations.
Noelle D'Arrigo August 26, 2011 at 08:03 PM
What if you live 4 or 5 blocks up from the Great South Bay in along South Ocean Ave? Should you plan to evacuate?
Roll Back Our Tax August 26, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Forget Gloria, the one of MOST recent memory. Late in the season September 28th to be exact. Water was colder and it was a cat 1. The one no one alive can remember because they were in grade school or not born yet was the LI Express Hurricane of 1938. It happened September 21st, the water was colder and it was a cat 3. Here's some facts/images. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane You tell me if you should be further inland. Irene is to hit August 28th, the water is warmer and right now it's a cat 2 turning into a cat 3. I live on the north shore. I pulled my boat, buttoned down the hatches and went over to western NJ.

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