BOSTON (AP/CBS) — Voluntary evacuation recommendations have been issued in Scituate, Lynn, New Bedford, Wareham and Plum Island.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered in the Bliss Corner section of South Dartmouth. A shelter has been set up at the Dartmouth Senior Center. Mandatory evacuations have also been ordered for parts of Fall River.

In a message sent to residents from Scituate Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi, people are urged to leave their home or go to the town’s shelter at the high school as Sandy gets closer to shore.  Scituate has five miles of coastline.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The evacuation recommendations have been issued for specific sections of the communities that could be affected by flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Communities with south-facing beaches are expected to take the brunt of the storm surge.

Shelters have already been opened in Fall River, Scituate, Chilmark, Newbury, Weymouth, Yarmouth, Eastham, Northampton, Wareham and Sandwich.

A Red Cross spokeswoman says just a few people stayed in the shelters last night, but they are expecting more people overnight Monday and into Tuesday.

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