NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is planning to expand hurricane evacuation areas to encompass 640,000 more people. And they'll be split into twice as many zones so the city can tailor evacuation orders better to the dynamics of a particular storm.
Deputy Mayors Caswell Holloway and Linda Gibbs disclosed those plans Friday while releasing an analysis of the city's handling of Superstorm Sandy.
Details on the new zones are expected in June.
The city currently has three evacuation zones. About 375,000 people live in the most vulnerable one, Zone A.
Its residents were ordered to evacuate during Sandy. A city survey found 63 percent stayed home.
The city now plans six evacuation zones.