VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Tropical Storm Andrea washed out several festivals planned at the Oceanfront, but the rain and winds from the storm didn't scare all the tourists away.
"It's pretty weak. We knew about the storm when we headed here, but not a chance it's stopping us from having fun," said tourist John Fager.
"Not an issue at all," said Hershaun Gardner, another tourist. "I've worked through snow. So rain won't stop me."
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However, the Oceanfront wasn't as busy as it could have been Friday. The Latin Festival which draws six to eight thousand people was canceled due to Tropical Storm Andrea.
Throughout the day, tourists who braved the Oceanfront had to deal with sudden rain showers and strong winds. Several tourists told WAVY.com they refused to let the storm cancel their plans. One couple came all the way from India for their daughter's wedding, and was excited to head to the Oceanfront.
"It's so wonderful, it was such a great experience," said Rin, a tourist from India. "It's the first time in my life that I've touched the Atlantic ocean water, it's great. It's wonderful."
Oceanfront businesses are having a harder time being optimistic about Tropical Storm Andrea. Several business owners said the rainy spring put a damper on their sales.
Tropical Storm Andrea meant businesses lost out on the foot traffic that usually comes for the Latin Festival and scheduled concerts.
"Our street traffic usually is a lot more busy, especially on an weekend night," said Iris Little with Gold Key Resorts. "We're hoping as the day progresses, maybe the storm will take a turn."
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