Hermine puts damper on weekend plans at state campgrounds

The campground at Hammonasset was empty on Monday (WFSB)

Hermine hasn’t really wreaked much havoc in Connecticut, but the post tropical storm still wrecked plenty of holiday weekend plans.

The campground at Hammonasset State Park was fully reserved for the weekend, but it was completely empty on Monday.

That’s because the state chose to close it as a storm precaution, but the decision impacted a whole lot of travelers.

On Monday, as Daniel Carter strolled through the park, he wondered where everyone was.

“I usually avoid it when it's camping season because it's so crowded,” Carter said.

On Sunday, the state campgrounds all closed up shop at noon as a precaution against Post Tropical Storm Hermine.

“Yesterday was so spectacular and they were having to leave in the middle of just a glorious afternoon,” said Adrienne White, of Virginia.

The only people at the campground on Monday were the people enjoying a quiet walk or bike ride, and the lack of campers also cut down on the number of people at the beach.

Carter believes the state made a bad choice.

“I kind of think it was a mistake, they could have gotten a lot more business,” Carter said.

However, others feel that with Hermine hitting so close to home, the state was right to be cautious.

“Better safe than sorry, it could have turned definitely,” White said.

The campground at Hammonasset reopens on Tuesday and will stay open until early October.

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