Hurricane Irene is set to slam the Jersey Shore beginning Saturday evening, and beach and bayfront communities have begun calling on residents to evacuate.
We'll be updating this list of Shore evacuation orders and advisories as more information becomes available. For information on local shelters for evacuees, .
The following areas have issued mandatory evacuations. Note that once of a state of emergency has been declared, as is the case in New Jersey, residents must leave if they are ordered to do so, under threat of fine and jail time.
- Governor Christie said the Garden State Parkway will be closed to southbound traffic at exit 98 at 8 p.m. Friday.
- Toms River’s barrier island communities east of the Mathis Bridge to Seaside are part of a mandatory evacuation as of 4 p.m. Friday: Ortley Beach, Ocean Beach, Dover Beaches, Chadwick Beach, Pelican Island and neighboring towns of South Seaside Park, Lavallette, and Seaside Heights, Seaside Park and Normandy Beach.
- A mandatory evacuation of Long Beach Island began at 8 a.m. Friday. All lanes of Route 72 from the causeway to Route 70 will be open to westbound traffic only beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from Gov. Chris Chritie.
- A mandatory evacuation of parts of Stafford Township begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. The neighborhoods of Beach Haven West, Bayside, Cedar Bonnet Island, Mallard Island, Village Harbor and Cedar Run Dock Road will be evacuated.
- A mandatory evacuation of sections of Barnegat Township begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Neighborhoods east of Ridgeway Street on Bayshore Drive and east of Powell Street on East Bay Avenue will be evacuated, along with the Brighton at Barnegat and Pinewood Estates mobile home neighborhoods.
- A mandatory evacuation of the following streets in neighborhoods in Ocean Township starting 8 a.m. Saturday: Sands Point (Privateer Drive, Compass Road, Sands Point Road, Capstan Road, Cable Road, Dock Avenue, Central Avenue, Bay Parkway from Dock Avenue to Barnegat Bay), Holiday Beach (Beacon Drive, Nautilus Road, Pirate Drive, Shore Drive, Admiral Way, Southwind Drive, Keelson Drive, Tiller Drive to Lighthouse Drive, Spray Drive, Anchor Drive, Crosswind Road, Lighthouse Drive starting at Crosswind Road to Barnegat Bay, all businesses located in Holiday Harbor Marina), Skipper's Cove (Cedar Avenue, Acorn Street, Evergreen Way, Pennsylvania Avenue, Vessel Road, Blue Beard Way, Jolly Rodger Way, Cutless Way, Davey Jones Way, One Eye Way, Peg Leg Way, Long John Silver Way, Hawkins Way, Cove Drive, Skippers Boulevard, Stevenson Street, Hornblower Drive), Bay Haven (Bryant Road, Demmy Avenue, Dollmor Avenue, Kennedy Drive, Ocean Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Adriatic Avenue, Illinois Avenue, Oregon Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Lincoln Drive, Baltic Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Washington Street Custer Drive, Clearwater Drive, Grand Bay Harbor, Grand Bay Harbor, Liberty Street, Pacific Avenue, Jefferson Street, Lafayette Street, Westcott Avenue), Barnegat Beach (Bonita Road, Oak Knoll Road, Marine Road, Forest Drive, Barnegat Beach Drive, Breaker Drive, Lagoon View Road, Bayview Drive, High Tide Drive, Point Road) and Pebble Beach (Patterson Road, Irvington Road, Caldwell Road, Bloomfield Road, Maplewood Road, Teaneck Road, Seneca Boulevard to 7th Street, 8th Street, Whippany Road, Tuckahoe Road, Pat Road, 7th Street, Cayuga Road, Hatteras Road, Tuscarora Avenue, Englewood Avenue, Dune Lane, Stillwater Road, Harborage Place, Chickasaw Drive).
- A mandatory evacuation for areas of Point Pleasant Beach east of the railroad tracks and within 500 feet of the Manasquan River is in effect as of 5:30 p.m. Friday.
- Point Pleasant Boro's mandatory evacuation will apply to: Delaware Avenue, including Tyler Street, Brown Street, Lister Street, Madison Street, Dallas Street, Wilmington Street and South Richmond Avenue; areas east of Beaver Dam and south of Bridge Avenue, including areas east of the canal (Lovelandtown, etc.) that are south of Bridge Avenue; south of Fay Court and Hance Avenue, including Donna Drive, Wood Wild Drive, Elm Avenue and Partridge Run; areas bound by south of Bennett Avenue and east of Dorsett Dock Road, then south of Littlehill Road to Wildwood Avenue, then west of Wildwood Avenue up to Honeysuckle Lane; south of Honeysuckle Lane to Northstream Parkway, west of Northstream Parkway to Apple Place, south of Apple Place to Mossbank Road, west of Mossbank Road to Nowatta Avenue, south of Nowatta to Chicopee Avenue, west of Chicopee to Mattapan Avenue, north of Mattapan to Northstream Parkway, and west of Northstream Parkway to south of Route 88.
- Please see goo.gl/SFIpf for a better visualization of the Point Boro evacuation areas, borough officials say.
- In Bay Head, mandatory evacuations were announced for the areas east of west Lake Avenue, west of Wyndham Drive and all streets east of Barnegat Bay. Residents must be out by 2 p.m. Saturday.
- In Wall Township, people have been ordered to leave a number of areas by 5 p.m. Saturday. The following areas will be evacuated: All mobile home parks, including Bearmore Trailer Park, Sea Breeze Trailer Park, Shore Mobile Acres and 138 Trailer Park; Old Mill Road north of West Chicago Boulevard and south of the Old Mill Inn Bridge; Butternut Road north of Locust Avenue; Millbrook Road north of West Chicago Boulevard; Belmar Boulevard east of Marion Street and west of Route 35; and Heroy's Pond Court.
- The borough of Manasquan has issued mandatory evacuations for residents in low-lying and waterfront neighborhoods including all areas east of Potter Avenue and the area surrounding the Glimmer Glass.
- In Spring Lake, the following areas must be evacuated by noon on Saturday: All streets from Monmouth Avenue and south to the Sea Girt border; all streets from Pitney Avenue and north to the Lake Como border; all of Ocean Avenue.
- Long Branch has issued a mandatory evacuation for the area north of Atlantic Avenue to the border with Monmouth Beach.
The following municipalities in Ocean and Monmouth counties have issued voluntary evacuations:
- Lacey Township, especially areas near the water
- Brick Township's barrier island communities and low-lying areas
- Waterfront communities in Berkeley Township
- Bay Head
- Point Pleasant Borough's low-lying areas
- Sea Girt, east of Second Avenue, anyone residing south of Washington Boulevard, and anyone residing in the low-lying areas along Wreck Pond
- Neptune, including Ocean Grove
- Long Branch and West Long Branch
- As of Saturday morning, the evacuation for flood-prone neighborhoods in the Toms River area — includes areas east of Fischer Boulevard, as well as the Anchorage and Green Island sections of Silverton — is strongly urged but voluntary. The remaining areas are under a voluntary evacuation.