PATCHOGUE - Some 70,000 people in the Town of Brookhaven were ordered to seek higher ground ahead of Hurricane Irene and yesterday, many people in Patchogue did just that.

Business owners and residents boarded windows and taped up glass panes ahead of the storm due that smacked Long Island's shores today. Many residents packed up emergency supplies and important papers and left to stay at relatives' homes or local shelters.

Several low-lying coastal areas in Brookhaven were ordered to evacuate. Affected areas include parts of Patchogue, East Patchogue, Bellport, Blue Point, Center Moriches, East Moriches, Shirley, Mastic Beach and the hamlet of Brookhaven.

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