With Hermine trudging up the East Coast, campers at Hammonasset State Park were bracing for the storm that could spoil the unofficial end of summer.
"Not ready to throw in the towel yet,” Jessica Crocker, of Berlin, said.
Crocker and her family said they would love to spend the next few days at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. She said she knows a storm is on the way and that could affect the second half of the holiday weekend.
“We'll see tomorrow, probably see how bad it looks,” Crocker said.
Hermine has already thrown a damper into plans for these campers who'd like to enjoy summer's last gasp.
“Big time, we come here every weekend since I was 13 years old, so they'll be pretty bummed,” Crocker said.
When severe weather hits, a park supervisor told Eyewitness news the dispatch center tracks it on radar. Then, the dispatch center lets the local offices know about the impending storm.
Park staff visit camp sites and ask them to leave the area, so they are not in the path of the storm or hit by any falling trees or debris.
However, after the storm is over, the campers can come back once it's over.
“We've been camping for almost 50 years, so we can get out of here in an hour,” Jan Lozinski, of Bristol, said.
As Lozinski and her husband ate breakfast on Friday, they made it clear-leaving is a last resort for them.
“If they don't tell us that we have to get out than we are going to stay,” Lozinski said. “We are campers.”
Others said they are fine with whatever Hermine may bring this weekend.
“It's weather,” Ashlee Princevalli, Ansonia, said. “It’s nature if it comes it comes."
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