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Storm Causes Trouble for Accomack Fishermen

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The big storm that tore across Delmarva on Wednesday created quite the headache for fisherman in Accomack County.  Rough waters and high winds forced fishing trips to be cut short and boats to dock early in Chincoteague.

At Chincoteague Fisheries on Wednesday afternoon, the catch was being unloaded.  But the amount of fish that was brought into port was directly impacted by the storm.

"Put a lot of boats in here today.  And the boats came in early because of the storms.  It's been a really bad storm.  50, 60, 70 mile per hour winds," said Chincoteague Fisheries Owner, Wesley McDonald.

Cameron Lewis is from Beaufort, North Carolina and says he was on a ship on the way to New York but was forced into Chincoteague when the weather got rough out at sea.

"The way we were angled to the waves on the way in here, we were side to it, so the boat rocked really hard and we had seen some really nasty waves," said Lewis.

Once the boats reached the dock, the fisherman WBOC spoke with said extra precautions were taken to secure each vessel.  Extra lines were added to the docking process to ensure that the boats would stay in place when high tide came in.  But as much extra work as the fisherman went through, people who call Chincoteague home were not bothered by the storm.  Barbara Jester says weather like the storm on Wednesday comes with the territory.

"If you've got anything that might blow, you've got to get it anchored somewhere.  Just be careful and use common sense," said Jester.

Chincoteague is prone to flooding so everyone from the fisherman to local resident are prepared for whatever mother nature throws their way.

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