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Local business revenue may be washed away by Hermine

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With tropical storm Hermine on it's way, shoreline business owners hear their Labor Day revenue could be washed away.

Small business owner Lenny Corto said being close to the water helps business, but also hurts it.

"We look at weather everyday...more like every shift. We kind of plan along what we're gonna do," said Corto.

Corto owns a beach bar in Old Lyme. He has been paying especially close attention to the impending storm.

"We've dealt with way worse threats in terms of weather...we're kind of just keeping an eye on things not changing any plans and kind of going with business as usual," said Corto.

Shoppers are already taking precautions.

Frank Lishing, who works for the Sound View Beach Association, said he spent much of Friday removing flags from the beach.

"They're expensive to replace so we try to keep them safe and take them down for the storms," said Lishing.

He said that although he's concerned about this storm, he's seen worse.

"I've been down here for twenty thirty years so we've seen a lot of storms this is nothing."

Business owners hope that their bottom lines won't suffer although they've braved stronger storms.

"Hopefully it takes an eastward turn and misses us completely and we can salvage Labor Day weekend for everyone," said Corto.

Business owners said this is one of their biggest weekends, but the revenue from this year's good summer weather have given them a cushion regardless of how the storm turns out.

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