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Hurricane Irene Redux: What Zone Were You In?


<a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/25/hurricane_irene_is_coming_heres_a_m.php#photo-1">Our first look at</a> Irene was via a NOAA infrared colorized view of Hurricane Irene as it advanced towards the East Coast


<a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/26/nyc_starts_mandatory_evacuation_of.php">On August 26, 2011,</a> Mayor Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation of residents in Zone A areas—this included Brooklyn's Coney Island and Manhattan Beach, Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens, South Beach, Midland Beach, and other low-lying areas on Staten Island, and Manhattan's Battery Park City. Above, you can see Bloomberg in his state-of-the-art Hurricane command center.



<p>There were <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/25/cuomo_calls_state_of_emergency_for.php">a lot of</a> maps, graphs and zany <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/26/hurricane_irene_almost_certain_to_c.php">radar images</a> used throughout the whole experience to chart Irene's course. </p>


<p>This was <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/25/nyc_evacuates_most_vulnerable_from.php">a particular gorgeous</a> GOES-13 satellite image of Hurricane Irene moving through the Bahamas on the morning of August 25th, 2011</p>


<a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/26/play_hurricane_irene_bingo_drinking.php">Hurricane Bingo!</a>



<a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/27/nyc_is_turning_over_25000_corner_tr.php">Remember how</a> the city flipped 25,000 corner trash cans upside down to reduce risk of hurting anyone, or flying through the air when Hurricane Irene arrived?


<p>Once it was clear The Menacing Hurricane of Ominous Destruction wasn't going to be quite as bad as predicted, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/27/hurricane_hysteria_13_hysterical_ir.php">tons of hilarious</a> <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/28/tropical_storm_tweeting_16_hurrican.php">tweets followed</a> on everything from parenting advice to dolphin safety to Dr. Ruth's sex tips.</p>


<a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/27/photos_alls_quiet_at_grand_central.php">The MTA released</a> some very cool photographs of Grand Central after the last Metro-North trains left and the MTA police secured the station—all part of the agency's systemwide shutdown on August 27th, 2011


<p>At some point in the middle of the storm, Bloomberg <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/27/bloomberg_6.php">looked a little bored.</a> </p>


<p>Eventually, Hurricane Irene was downgraded to Tropical Storm Irene. There was some flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/28/photos_wading_through_irenes_afterm.php#photo-1">and more damage.</a></p>


<p>To prove that everything was back to normal, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/29/bloomberg_proves_subways_are_runnin.php">Bloomberg took the subway</a> on Monday August 29th to work. </p>



<p>We came across two adorable animal stories: <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/08/31/happy_ending_hurricane_cat_has_been.php">there was "Reno,"</a> a cute cat who was displaced by the storm, and then adopted a Clinton Hill local. And there was Irene Hope, the lamb <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/09/01/meet_the_central_park_zoo_lamb_born.php#photo-1">born in the middle of the storm</a> at the Central Park Zoo. </p>