Tropical Storm Arthur chases people indoors

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - When the winds and rains pick up people speed up to find refuge.

Tuesday hundreds landed at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Aquarium.
 
"I'm sure they would rather be spending a beautiful day at the beach, but we like to think of this as a nice alternative,” said marine biology educator Cristin Ryan.

Among those finding refuge were Gene Gunn and his granddaughter Shaniah Robinson. “The weather of course helps you to come in off the street, but down in Florida, it rains one minute, it's sunny one minute so that's why we're here," Gunn said.

Grandpa has lived here 23 years. He knew this would be the best place to go with his 9-year-old granddaughter. "It's very nice, you can see some fishes that you never saw before. Like one of the fishes over there, you can put your finger in the water, and they like clean your finger,” Robinson said.

It was a different scene down the road at "On the Edge" -- which tried to capture a different audience.

“We know that when it rains our business slows down so we offer the happy hour and hopefully people will say, ‘oh yeah, it's raining, we can go there,’” said On the Edge owner Clive Daem.

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