Oceanfront tourists leave town as Hermine approaches

Posted at 5:32 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 18:01:42-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Just in time for Labor Day weekend, tourists are leaving town early.

Several tourists told News 3 they're leaving because Hurricane Hermine is headed toward Hampton Roads.

"I think it's unfortunate for everyone. Certainly the businesses who have to alter their plans in terms of how many people may come or not come. And the people who are here on vacation," tourist Gregory Pusser told News 3.

Oceanfront businesses get worried when they hear things like that.

Ana Harper who works the shop "Beach World" at the Oceanfront said she's concerned it will be a slow weekend.

"If we don't have people on the streets, we can't make money. Labor Day weekend is our biggest money making weekend, and after that it's kinda over," Harper told News 3.

Plus, it puts her business in a tough spot for the rest of the year.

"If we don't make money we are kind of struggling for the rest of the winter, and if you make commission, that's even worse," she said.

The American Music Festival also moved the concertindoors and canceled some shows because of the forecast.

The Rock and Roll Half Marathon is still on as planned as of now.

Pictures: Hermine in Florida