Officials: Coney Island Hospital to shut down during storm

With New York in a state of emergency over the approach of Hurricane Irene, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of thousands of people

CONEY ISLAND - With New York in a state of emergency over the approach of Hurricane Irene, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of thousands of people in low-lying, coastal areas of the city, and among the first to relocate were patients at Coney Island Hospital.

Ten of the hospital's most critical patients were evacuated last night and the rest followed today. A total of about 241 patients were evacuated, including some in critical condition. The patients were transferred to other Brooklyn-area hospitals.

Hospital staff prepared to cease all operations because of the storm. Officials say all non-emergency procedures for this weekend have been canceled and any emergencies during the storm will be diverted to other nearby hospitals. The mayor ordered a total of five city hospitals in low-lying areas to evacuate, along with senior centers and nursing homes.

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