WOODBURY - Evacuation orders are in place for coastal areas along the South Shore of Long Island.

County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) announced yesterday that all residents who live south of Sunrise Highway from the Queens line to Rockville Centre must evacuate by 5 p.m. tonight as Hurricane Irene barrels toward Long Island. The same evacuation order goes for all residents who live south of Merrick Road all the way to the Nassau-Suffolk border.

The order also includes the mandatory evacuation of all residents on the North Shore of Nassau County that reside in low-lying areas and storm surge zones. Low-lying is defined as 10 feet above sea level or less.

Nassau residents are being urged to utilize coastal evacuation routes, which include Peninsula Boulevard, Long Beach Road, the Meadowbrook Parkway and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.

In Suffolk County, Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan says they had a successful evacuation of Fire Island. Those who remain on the island have until this afternoon to leave, or risk being left in the dark as LIPA is expected to cut power to the area at 8 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation has also been issued today for the Strong Neck community in East Setauket along Dyke Road.

Mangano pressed that residents should seek out friends or family for alternative sheltering before turning to public shelters. However, public shelters will be available at SUNY Farmingdale and Locust Valley High School. Nassau Community College no longer has space.

Mangano warned residents to use flashlights and not candles, saying that a candle-related fire had already been reported in Nassau.

FEMA is expected to execute an airlift to the Republic Airport, bringing water and MREs.

Additional shelters that are currently open in Nassau County include: - North Shore High School - New Hyde Park High School- Plainview Middle School- Farmingdale High School- SUNY Old Westbury- Westbury High School- Gerald Claps Career and Tech Center- Garden City High School- Glen Cove High School- Manhasset High School- Paul Schreiber High School - Mineola High School- Hicksville High School- McKenna Elementary School- South High School

Residents with pets can go to specialty shelters set up at the Town of North Hempstead Shelter in Port Washington and Bidaewee of Wantagh, which are now open, as well as Mitchell Park's Field House. News 12 Weather CenterNassau County Shelter InfoSuffolk County Shelter Info

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