Business as usual for ferry in anticipation of tropical storm - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Business as usual for ferry in anticipation of tropical storm

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

Coastal residents are trying to enjoy Labor Day weekend despite an impending tropical storm.

Holiday travelers taking the Cross Sound ferry to Long Island are cautiously optimistic they'll avoid tropical storm Hermine by Monday.

However, the ferry service is ready thanks to a brand new boat introduced Friday.

The ferry is called the Jennifer C. It is the 7th ferry for the fleet and can hold up to 50 cars.

This is one of the ferry's busiest weekends, leaving many concerned with the impending storm.

But that isn't stopping business.

"It's business as usual right now. We're anticipating a busy holiday weekend of travel. We're already seeing reservations on all of our vessels being booked up," said the ferry's spokesman Stan Mickus.

With the new boat introduced, there are also new jobs. The ferry just hired 20 employees.

"Over the past three summers we've seen travel on the rise. We've seen demand for our business on the rise. We had to respond to that," said Mickus.

While residents are concerned, riders of the ferry seem less worried.

"We're in an area that's pretty well protected down there so I think we'll be fine," said rider Nancy Fredricks, who came from Shelter Island, New York.

Cross Sound Ferry said they don't expect any interruption of service. It there is a change, they will have information posted on their website.

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