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Residents of Long Island's Fire Island are under an evacuation order as Sandy approaches from the south.

Suffolk County's Fire Rescue and Emergency Services reports that everyone occupying Fire Island must be evacuated by 2 p.m. Sunday.

A Code Red warning notification was sent out to residents on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the Ocean Beach Fire Department told the Long Island Press that once the evacuation is complete, Long Island Power Authority may cut off electricity Fire Island.

Fire Island has many thousands of residents during the summer, but this time of the year the 32-mile-long barrier island is mostly empty.

Between 200 and 300 people live there year-round.

Officials ordered flood-prone areas on both the north and south shores of Long Island to evacuate Saturday. 

"We are asking everyone to take the time, secure their homes, and then get off Fire Island well in advance of this storm and the potential destruction it may bring," Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan said. 

Once the evacuation is complete the Long Island Power Authority may cut off electricity to Fire Island and it would also limit the availability of water.  

The department is moving some of its fire equipment off-island in preparation. 

Suffolk County officials listed three different ways to evacuate Fire Island by car to transport to one of the ferries:  

Fire Island Ferries Bay Shore, NY

Take the I-278 E/Bklyn-QNS Expy ramp on the left to Triboro BR, merge onto I-278 E toward exit 35 toward I-495 E/48 St. Take exit 35E toward I-495 E/Eastern Long Is/Riverhead and merge onto Q Mid Expressway lower deck entrance. Merge onto I-495 E via the ramp to Eastern Long Is. Take exit 31S for Cross Is Pkwy S. Take exit 25A on the left for Southern State Pkwy E toward Eastern Long Is. Take the exit onto Robert Moses State Pkwy. Take exit RM2E for New York 27A E toward Bay Shore. Turn right at New York 27A E. Turn right at Bay Shore Ave. Continue onto Shore Ln and turn right onto Maple Ave. 

Davis Park Ferry Patchogue, NY

Take the I-278 E/Bklyn-QNS Expy ramp on the left to Triboro BR, merge onto I-278 E toward exit 35 toward I-495 E/48 St. Take exit 35E toward I-495 E/Eastern Long Is/Riverhead and merge onto Q Mid Expressway lower deck entrance. Merge onto I-495 E via the ramp to Eastern Long Is. Exit onto Expy Dr S. Turn right at County Road 83/N Ocean Ave. Continue to follow N Ocean Ave. Turn right at Maiden Ln. Turn right at Cedar Ave. Take the 1st left onto Brightwood St. Destination will be on the left. 

Sayville Ferries Sayville, NY

Take the I-278 E/Bklyn-QNS Expy ramp on the left to Triboro BR, merge onto I-278 E toward exit 35 toward I-495 E/48 St. Take exit 35E toward I-495 E/Eastern Long Is/Riverhead and merge onto Q Mid Expressway lower deck entrance. Merge onto I-495 E via the ramp to Eastern Long Is. Take exit 31S for Cross Is Pkwy S. Take exit 25A on the left for Southern State Pkwy E toward Eastern Long Is. Exit onto S Country Rd/E Main St/New York 27A E. Continue to follow S Country Rd. Continue onto Main St. Slight right at S Main St/Middle Rd. Take the 2nd right onto Foster Ave. Turn left at Terry St. Take the 1st right onto River Rd.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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