Fake government officials on Tuesday forced residents and businesses to leave evacuation zones in Virginia while Hurricane Florence continued to enrage Florence in the direction of the state, officials said.

The incident prompted Norfolk City officials to send alerts to the public about these non-urban people dressed in fluorescent vests, Virgina's WAVY-TV reported. They went door to door in some apartments.

City spokeswoman Lori Crouch told the Virginia pilot that the agency had received calls from homeowners about the fluorescent west.

Although Zone A is forced by the state, the city would never force people to leave the evacuation zones, Crouch said.

"That's absolutely a personal decision," she said.

"This is absolutely a personal decision."

– Lori Crouch, Norfolk city spokeswoman

Companies in the city's Ocean View area also reported that the people in the fluorescent west told them to shut down and leave, Crouch said.

Officials did not know why people are trying to force residents or businesses to leave.

No other information of the people in fluorescent west was immediately available, but the city is investigating.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, but is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm.

The nocturnal winds of Florence had come down to 110 miles per hour from a high of 140 miles per hour. But the authorities warn that it will still be an extremely dangerous hurricane.

Amy Lieu is news editor and reporter for Fox News.


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