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Mayor Bloomberg lifts evacuation order.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says residents who had been ordered out of their homes in low-lying areas can return home.

Bloomberg says the evacuation order put in place for Hurricane Irene was lifted as of 3 p.m. Sunday. He had ordered more than 370,000 people out of those areas. They were mostly in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Not everyone waited, and people had already started making their way back to their homes. Some defied the order and didn't evacuate in the first place.