Had that happen about 15 years ago in Florence, NC as a hurricane approached Myrtle Beach. The wanted those who had been there a day or two to move on so they could accommodate people who were fleeing from the coast.
So, maybe they did you a favor of sorts. Presuming you went home you doubled the distance between you and New York City before you got embroiled in the impending chaos.
Happy Camping! ///// Richard D.
2006 4x4 Ford 250 SD / 2007 Flagstaff 827 FLS
One very patient wife and one furry child who travels with us. Forty-two years of trailering and camping, and I still have a blast.