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HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As people on the east coast brace themselves for Tropical Storm Andrea, surfers in Holden Beach are anxious to catch the swelling waves.

“I got really excited when I heard the forecast, I tried to get the day off,” Nic Wilson said.

While surfers look forward to stormy conditions, tourists are planning to stay indoors.

“We needed to be out of the sun anyway, we’ve had plenty of fun so we’ll just hit the shops,” Greg Isbel of Ohio said.

With people taking cover inside, Paradise Cafe expects business will take a hit Friday.

“When they see weather being bad like that, it scares a lot of people off,” Chris Politis, owner of Paradise Cafe said.

Other shops around town say the rainy weather will boost their business.

“People don’t go to the beach and they go shopping. I love when they stop by my shop on rainy days,” Neil Watkins, owner of Side Door Antiques said.

Fisherman don’t share the same optimism.

“I was kind of bummed out because I came out here to fish. This morning I got rained out and had to leave,” Jeff Gemmell said.

Although he did not have luck Thursday, Gemmell says he won’t let Andrea rain on his parade.

“I’ll be back out here tomorrow morning bright and early.”


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