MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Mayor Fiore and the Office of Emergency Management have declared a mandatory evacuation as a result of impending Hurricane Irene. Areas subject to mandatory evacuation are:

All areas located between Route 36 and the Raritan/Sandy Hook Bay from the Keansburg border to the Atlantic Highlands Border.

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The following streets South of Route 36: Texas Avenue, Briarcliff Avenue, Montana Avenue, from Illinois Avenue to Pews Creek.

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Hartshorne Road in Navesink including Washington Lane, Clay Court, Tan Vat Road, Grand Tour, Indian Terrace, Wigwam Road

Mandatory evacuation is effective immediately. All residents must be out of these areas by noon pm on Saturday, August 27. No one will be permitted to return to these areas until they are deemed safe by local authorities.

For all other areas of Middletown, it is strongly recommended that you consider relocating to a safer location.

Shelters are currently open at Holmdel High School and Wall Township High School. A temporary shelter will open at noon on Saturday at the Croydon Hall Senior Center, 900 Leonardville.