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FEMA issues accidental evacuation of Suffolk County as Tropical Storm Hermine looms

SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y. — Suffolk County residents were told to pack their bags Saturday evening by an accidental FEMA warning as Tropical Storm Hermine moves towards the tri-state area.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone issued a statement Saturday night regarding an erroneous robocall several residents received.

"An inaccurate phone call went out this evening from a federal emergency management authority to some Suffolk County residents stating that all Suffolk County residents must evacuate. THAT WAS INCORRECT," wrote Bellone.

The evacuation was only supposed to be voluntary and for residents of Fire Island.

Bellone says while the Fire Island evacuation is voluntary, it is "of critical importance that those with medical conditions and certain seniors evacuate as access to doctors and medical assistance may be extremely limited."

A second round of calls has gone out to clarify that Suffolk County is not being evacuated.

FEMA has not released a statement regarding the incident.