THE BRONX - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was at News 12 today to urge residents not to panic, but to make sure they are prepared for Hurricane Irene. "You can never be overly prepared," he said.

The Bronx has 14 evacuation centers ready, which will open today at 4 p.m. However, Diaz says that if you know someone in a non-evacuation area, you should ask to stay with them.

There are three levels of evacuation zones throughout the borough. They're classified as A, B, and C, with zone A being the most prone to flooding.

Pennyfield Avenue in Throggs Neck is in zone A. Some other evacuation zones include part of City Island near Tier Street, areas in Clason Point along Husson and Bronx River avenues, and part of Concourse Village in the River Avenue and 153rd Street area.

Diaz also said that if you live above a 10th floor, you should try to come down, since winds are stronger higher up.

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