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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 02:42 AM
I have a dilemma, since Mangano is the stupidest person on my block.
Eddie August 27, 2011 at 02:43 AM
This is what I do, I maintain property. I have pumps and generators. After government told me my insurer can no longer cover flood damage, then made me buy flood insurance that doesn't cover my boilers or basements, I'm the last line of defense. I can do that, I know how. I can protect my property and my family. Nobody else will.
Eddie August 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Thanks Brian. These are the cold facts. The media would rather you believe the hype.
hurricanesammy August 27, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Marc You sound very knowledgeable. Are you a civil engineer?
Anise August 27, 2011 at 03:12 AM
It's not just New Orleans, this used to happen when I lived in CA with the fires too. They tell you to go, you go, but your crazy neighbor who thinks he's a survivalist stays. Then they have to fight back through the fire to pick him up when he realizes that yes, in fact, he does value his life more than all the crap in his house put together. Be safe everyone! Hopefully we get nothing but drizzle and a stiff breeze and all have a good laugh about this on Monday.
Clem August 27, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Oh yea, this guy's a whiz. Have fun in the shelter, people! Some of us can fend for ourselves, some of us can't. I'd rather be on this side of the fence even if I have to pay to take care of you guys.
EditProfile August 27, 2011 at 03:27 AM
By definition anyone, at this point, arguing that this storm is no big deal is a fool, flat out. Watch your ass and dont get yourself or your family killed because you are too stupid or too lazy to take action. Ill say it again. 95% of the able bodied folks that were killed in New Orleans were complete fools. Rest assured that the same will hold true here if it gets bad enough.
KL August 27, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Every single one of you have made me laugh tonight! And...for those of you that feel the need to be nasty to people you don't even know and who are just trying to be kind, should be ashamed of yourselves, and If you do CHOOSE not to ev acuate, I have faith that you will get what's coming to you. KARMA people!!!
EditProfile August 27, 2011 at 04:11 AM
Lets get this straight. This is not a game. This storm is bearing down on the island and it appears to be quite dangerous. The brain dead jerks posting here and saying that it is not are endangering the lives of folks that might be persuaded by their idiocy. If this storm comes ashore with the powerful and sustained tidal surge that now appears likely then some people will die. I urge folks to take action and get out of the way of this storm if you can. As for the folks poo-pooing this impending disaster you should know that you are rats, disgusting rats. You dont want to leave? Fine. Shut up and and sit on your ass as this storm bears down on you. Dont spend your time online trying to convince others to risk their lives with you.
cj August 27, 2011 at 04:17 AM
CJ- How far above sea level is the south side of Lynbrook? (rt near Lynbrook Middle School).
Cecelia Doule August 27, 2011 at 05:01 AM
I did leave Long Beach tonight just to be on the safe side, basically because I live alone and have somewhere else to go. Without their permission I can't mention names, but my neighbor is bedridded and elderly and her family were out of town. Her home health care provider and other neighbors voluntarily moved her to safer grounds. When the time is right, I want to give them the credit they are due - although they don't understand that they clearly went above and beyond. Be safe Long Beach and everyone who stayed - it's a great town with a wonderful heart.
Marc Rosen August 27, 2011 at 05:21 AM
Nope. I'm an unemployed 23-year old college grad with a BA in English who takes the time to pay attention.
Ross August 27, 2011 at 06:49 AM
You're so zen too friend, since you feel the need to be condescending from behind the computer screen. There's trying to be kind, and then just harping away and being sanctimonious. You're walking the line yourself.
Ross August 27, 2011 at 06:55 AM
Haha, your stuff is great. Keep it coming.
Ross August 27, 2011 at 07:05 AM
Anise and everyone, just to make it clear - my issue here is with the Sunrise HIghway crap that Mangano is using to establish the mandatory evacuation zone - which I, as aforementioned, live adjacent to. What is the point of evacuating four blocks north? I agree that Long Beach and other people in LOW-LYING areas based on a flood map should get out of harm's way, but if you look at all our previous official hurricane documents, they show that my street lies on a "CAT 4" evacuation zone, and right on the northern edge of that! Now all the sudden all this is thrown by the wayside because Mangano says so? I'm not sitting here next to the ocean saying I'm going all Surviviorman to defend my home, I'm sitting here where I can feel the rumble of the trains between VS and Lynbrook stations, within pissing distance of Sunrise. Do any of you see my point on why I'm frustrated with this - or am I just being a "disgusting rat" as our anonymous friend "YourName" has so cordially branded anyone not kowtowing blindly to the order? Someone tell me how relocating less than a quarter mile north will do me ANY good.
SSteacher August 27, 2011 at 08:17 AM
To those who stay home good luck. No need to be nasty to rip on people who stay or go. Not cool. As to our local government, state government, or national government they are all covering their butts by calling for state of emergency, ordering evacuations and making press conferences. No one wants to be the government official who allowed another Katerina situation because they did not act. The media who likes to scare more than to inform has no problem hyping up a storm. Making people watch nonstop coverage with video graphics of possible scenarios helps their bottom line. I believe the storm is going to hit us, how bad we shall see. Anyone who chooses to stay should know in advance that they are on their own, possibly for a couple of days. We all have the right to make that decision and I hope that first responders have permission not to be sent into those zones for their own protection. Be safe. Cecelia that is a wonderful story.
Beth feuerstein August 27, 2011 at 09:45 AM
Hope everyone makes it through this latest weather event. By the way...did anyone hear Mayor Bloomberg deliver his advisory in Spanish on Thursday night?
An tUasal Airgead August 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Drag the map to LI, then zoom in by clicking on map. It will give a fairly accurate indication of elevations, down to the street level. Most of Lynbrook is in 10 to 30 ft above range. http://www.trails.com/topo.aspx?state=NY
sloopy August 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Do any of you actually read the blogs you respond to-Ross is just being practical-he's not telling anyone they shouldn't leave just not to be hysterical. As for Paul NYC is not being evacuated. Just the A zones are mandatory. My daughter lives in Redhook and is in B zone-she doesnt have to leave. Leave if you need to. I did during Hurricane Gloria-I lived on the Bay. But do understand that Bloomberg got blasted that he didn't do enough during the snowstorm and he's now overcompensating. And news is now a 24 hr media that's subject to ratings. Do what you need to be safe but please use some common sense.
Clem August 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM
It's really surprising to see those people evacuating hoping for the death and destruction of anyone staying behind. The logic's something like "If I have to go through the trouble of evacuating, and you don't, I hope you die," or more like, "if chance should show that you took a better guess than I or were smarter than I, you should be annihilated." Look at what you are saying, folks. That's really sick stuff. Hopefully everyone will be able to do what they feel is right for them. Thank God for a country where we can each make our own choices based on many venues of information! Hope we're all back together Monday.
Pam Robinson (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM
An tUasal Airgead, thanks very much for the link to the elevations map.
Hollingsworth August 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM
The collapse of the levees is what caused New Orleans to flood -- not the hurricane itself. And the media was warning the people that the levees were going to fail for days before they gave way. The federal government had refused funding to fix the levees just months before Katrina hit. It was the third time that summer that New Orleans officials had warned people to evacuate for previous storms. They were looked at by the people of New Orleans as "Calling Wolf." When you hear hype over and over again and then nothing happens, it is not foolish to ignore it. The people who suffered and died in New Orleans were not being helped and had no means of leaving. They were actually turned away at the bridge and not allowed to leave. They were basically left to die in a stadium and no one owned up to it. No one took responsibility for that disaster. Those people did not die because of an act of God. They died because of the failure of an infrastructure that no one wanted to pay for or cared enough about to fix.
delete me August 27, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Yeah I'm reading some comments here and elsewhere and the logic is really disgusting.
An tUasal Airgead August 27, 2011 at 01:15 PM
You're welcome. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ssurge/risk/index.shtml?gm The above link might also be useful to people. Select storm surge Cat 1 and drag & zoom to LI to see where the possibe surge would be if Irene is still a Cat 1 when it hits LI.
Ross August 27, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Thanks, Sloopy. It is disturbing how people react in the face of an unusual but manageable trial. Also, one needs to always remember to take what the media and county leaders say with a huge grain of salt. I understand people are scared, but that does not give them the right to react with such virulence. The past few days I had been studying the hurricane documentation this very county gave me to safely make the decision NOT to evacuate from my location. Anything in the CAT 1/2 zones (Long Beach up through Island park, etc) should indeed go. Mangano, in my opinion, is either reacting with fear, naivety, or purposeful overkill.
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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