Winds and waves from Florence bring crowds to VB Oceanfront

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — There were quite a few people wandering around the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Thursday. 

Some people wanted to check out the waves, others wanted to experience something new.

The 15th Street Pier was partially closed Thursday morning, except for a few businesses.

Tammy Barkley Davis, who works at Beach Pier Gift Shop said, “There’s a part of the pier that has been destroyed, but they closed probably about 30-45 minutes ago, depending on the weather, depends on how long were going to stay open today.  It doesn’t look like we’ll stay open that much longer.”

The waves slammed into the pier.

“This is extremely rare, usually they’re breaking 30-40 yards away from the pier, I mean they’ll never, ever, in a normal day get all the way up here,” an Ocean Eddie’s employee told 10 On Your Side.  “Which is, I mean, it’s fun to look at, you can tell, I mean a huge storm is coming in already.”

Underneath the pier, lots of people were taking a look, like Virginia Beach native Scott Miller.

“It’s pretty powerful, its energy flowing through the water, feels great and makes you think I can’t wait to get my surfboard on but right now its just a lot of fun being out here,” Miller said. 

Most people 10 On Your Side spoke with say they are happy the storm is heading south and they hope the effects we see here move out quickly.

On Thursday night, Virginia Beach police sent out a warning to remind people to stay off the First St. Jetty, after multiple reports of people on the rocks. Signs posted say “you are putting yourself and others at risk.” 

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