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Huricane Irene: Many New Yorkers Ignore Calls to Evacuate

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even as evacuation zones were clearly delineated on color-coded, interactive maps and available on multiple websites, many New Yorkers decided to ride Hurricane Irene out.

New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg practically pleaded with residents in such low-lying areas as Staten Island, Brooklyn's Coney Island and Manhattan's Battery Park City to leave their homes well ahead of the storm.

"I am home, in Far Rockaway. Glad I decided not to evacuate," said Teresa Racine of Queens. "What can I say? Go with your gut feeling where I live is one of the safest buildings. I didn't have to sleep with one eye open." "Yes I stayed and it was fun," P.J. Singh posted on the ABC News Facebook page. "We didn't lose power and I recorded everything, was expecting much more other then rain and wind. Felt like a normal rainy day."

Among those who refused to evacuate: public housing residents.

About 40,000 people live in housing authority buildings in the mandatory evacuation area known as Zone A.

ABC News has learned that between 20 and 50 percent of public housing residents in Zone A did not leave in any given building despite officials going door to door in those buildings, even sending shuttle buses to deliver residents to safety.

In the East Harlem evacuation zone, a Fung Wah bus used to transport people to a nearby evacuation center reportedly had only taken 10 people by 4 p.m. Saturday.

Among those who did leave, 9,600 people spent the night in city evacuation centers. Many hunkered down in shelters in Eastern Queens, and are believed to have come from the Rockaways.

New Jersey reported 9,659 people in shelters.

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Oklahoma City Airport Evacuated for Suspicious Package

FIle photo. Amos Morgan/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Authorities have evacuated parts of an Oklahoma City airport after a suspicious bag prompted concern, according to a spokesperson.

The ticket lobby, baggage claim level and concourse of the Will Rogers World Airport were evacuated Friday as a safety precaution.

All inbound flights have reportedly been put on hold as officials investigate.

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