'Jersey Shore' Cast Members ESCAPE the Hurricane for VMAs Via Private Jet

8/27/2011 9:54 AM PDT

'Jersey Shore' Cast Members -- Escape the Hurricane for VMAs

MTV couldn't have its biggest stars miss tomorrow night's Video Music Awards due to the hurricane sweeping the East Coast -- so they chartered a private jet to take "Jersey Shore" stars Snooki, Vinny, Deena and Sammi to Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.

According to our sources, the foursome flew out last night, avoiding the hurricane before it crippled local airports.

The rest of the cast was off doing events in other parts of the country -- for example ... Pauly D was in Oklahoma DJing, while Jwoww was hosting a party at PURE in Las Vegas. 

Vinny tweeted a pic from the plane, saying, "Had to take the PJ to the #VMAs to beat the storm.East coast you will be fine just chill in and laugh while it passes."