EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said more than a million people evacuated the New Jersey shore Saturday in advance of Hurricane Irene.

In a news conference, the governor said more than 90 percent of people living in some of the most vulnerable spots left, leaving Cape May County and Long Beach Island almost completely empty.

Christie said more than 5,000 people also found refuge in shelters throughout the state ahead of the storm.

In Trenton, hundreds of evacuees from the shore arrived in bus loads early Saturday morning as the first winds from Hurricane Irene began to blow in.

The Red Cross advised all residents who go to a shelter to take medications, spare clothing, copies of important papers, sleeping supplies and snacks.

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