HOBOKEN - Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer asked all residents to voluntarily leave the city Saturday before Hurricane Irene made its way to New Jersey.

Officials also required anyone living in ground-floor apartments to evacuate. They went door-to-door making sure that everyone got out before 8 p.m. when driving of personal vehicles, including taxis, was banned.

As a precaution, patients at Hoboken University Medical Center were also moved to Bayonne Medical Center.

For residents unable to leave Hoboken, a shelter was opened at the Wallace School on Willow Avenue.

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