Update: Sandy related map and article
Irene has made its first landfall last night in North Carolina at a weaker than expected intensity 1. As the cone of probable impact covers much of New York City (see in large overlay Irene Forecast Path August 27 – blue shade, area of probable impact, blue line, forecast path), a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for all residents of New York area that live in evacuation zone A, which could be affected by a direct hit from a hurricane of any intensity. SEE map below, orange areas. A map of Manhattan possible flooding due to a possible Irene landfall in New York city was published by Matei.org on August 26.
The announcement can be found on the NYC Severe Weather Alert site:
Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas: Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas across all five boroughs and the Rockaways. These areas include: Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Far Rockaway, Beach Channel, South Beach, Midland Beach, and Battery Park City. People should be out of these areas by 5 pm on Saturday.
The New York City Office for emergency Management published the following evacuation map for the entire New York City area. The map displays in:
- Deep Orange – Area A, which could be flooded if a hurricane of ANY intensity makes landfall in the New York Area
- Yellow – Area B, which could be flooded if an intensity 2 and higher hurricane makes landfall in the New York Area
- Green – Area C, which could be flooded if an intensity 3 or higher makes landfall in the New York Area
- Dots: Unknown features
Map below is clickable and zoomable. Use the + / – signs to zoom in and out. Click on the map to pan around. Click Earth to see map in 3d (including buildings).