Freeport's Nautical Mile bustles as Hermine spins offshore

In Freeport, while it is sunny, some businesses are preparing for the effects of the storm.

In Freeport, while it is sunny, some businesses are preparing for the effects of the storm. (9/4/16)

FREEPORT - Hermine's potential impact on Long Island could affect businesses and workers who rely on Labor Day weekend for end-of-summer cash.

"It's tough for them and the kids that work on the beaches, the lifeguards," says Debbie Wiener, of Baldwin. "This is a huge tipping weekend for them."

In Freeport, people flocked to the Nautical Mile Sunday to try to enjoy the unofficial last weekend of summer despite the storm Hermine churning offshore.

Waterfront businesses were expecting plenty of customers for Labor Day weekend, but some were taking extra precautions ahead of the storm.

Captain Lou Fleet's charter boats have been canceled for the next three days in anticipation of the storm. Crew members say they had used an abundance of caution preparing for Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy and still faced great difficulties.

Other businesses, like the River House Grille, may not be as impacted, according to Diarta Tolaj, who works there.

"We're mostly indoors," Tolaj says. "So even if we can't have food and drinks outside, the party can always come inside."

News 12 meteorologists say the projected track of Hermine has shifted a bit east, but the potential remains for Long Island to see moderate coastal flooding and strong, gusty winds into Monday and Tuesday.

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