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Cupid helping warm up Valentine's Day

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The heat is on to deliver the perfect Valentines Day, but how is the winter weather impacting the most loving day of the year?

Cupid's arrow is proving to be stronger than Mother Nature, despite being hit with a second round a wintery weather. Valentine's Day is here and people are coming out of hibernation to celebrate.

Around town, the weather seemed to be perfect for a riverboat cruise as the valentine's day lunch and dinner cruises sold out by early morning. Restaurants around town also booked for the night.

The warm up came just in time for the start of tourist season.

"The entire weekend is looking real good," said Riverboat Cruises owner Capt. Jonthan Caughton. "We are repeating our Valentine's Dinner Cruise tomorrow evening. We still have space available. It is also a holiday weekend with President's Day, which is typically the kick off to the tourists coming back. We are excited."

"We expect a storm for Valentine's Day and we are already booked and overbooked so I think it is a little better than last year," said Olympia Cafe Owner Nick Pappas. "People need to get out after these cold and freezing days that we had in the past. A lot of people want to get out. The weather is going to help and it looks a lot nicer today than yesterday."

Florists along the East Coast said they are heartbroken, as the harsh winter weather moving across the region wilted away their Valentine's Day profits.

The ice and snow across the South brought some challenges for getting roses and treats delivered to your sweetie Friday.

While it appears love will win out in our area, industry experts said millions of deliveries throughout the state hit hard by the winter storm could be in jeopardy.

We checked in with John Wolf Florist in Savannah. They were worried some of their shipments wouldn't come in.

"We were fortunate that we got ours in early enough and processed them," said John Wolf Florist Owner Janice Karrh. "I look at other areas in Statesboro, Augusta, South Carolina that they had to shut down until today. It is sad for the industry but we have been so fortunate here in Savannah."

Bakers Pride also experienced some set backs and delayed deliveries because of the weather.

"Right now, we don't have any powdered sugar in the building. Our truck is supposed to come this afternoon. One truck isn't going to come until Sunday, because of the bad weather. So we will have to come in Sunday to let them in. Our stuff does come out of Atlanta, that is where they have had a bunch of trouble," said owner of Baker's Pride Trisha Lang. "We don't have any petit fours and they are going out by the hundreds and that's all we have, maybe until tomorrow afternoon. "

Overall florists, bakeries and restaurants  in Savannah are pleased with Valentine's Day business.

In fact, the average person in expected to spend about $134 this year, which is up a few dollars from last year.

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