Hoboken takes cover ahead of Irene

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

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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