So.... any one affected by Irene?
Same thing here in Southwestern Connecticut... In addition to bread, water and batteries, I don't think there's a store in this area that has a generator, power inverter or bag of charcoal left on the shelves. Even our local hardware store sold out of old fashioned hurricane lamps and lamp oil!Yesterday, went shopping. The Stop & Shop looked like it had been hit by looters. No bread, the entire aisle was stripped bare. The water aisle was similarly naked. No batteries, no flashlights to be found. Today, spent most of the day on a treasure hunt for items. Found a few cases of bottled water, some deli bread (looks good, fresh, but not cut just full loaves). Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, Staples and Home Depot all were devoid of batteries and flashlights. (Kinda funny to see the weary look on the store clerks face when they say for what must be the ten thousandth time that they are out of these items). So, it looks like candles, cell phones and Ipad are going to be my light source if we lose electricity. I have a propane grill, so I should be set with steak, ribs (two kinds of pork)!, pork chops, and chicken if the stoves don't work.
Just moved all the extra stuff from outside (trash cans, bicycles and grill) to the shed. I am in Central CT, so hopefully the wind won't be so bad by the time the eye hits. I am thinking it will be flooding in places and power outages as the major problems here.
Hope everyone is safe!
Thanks Andy, I'm about 70 miles more or less northeast of you and it's clearing here too... The rain is down to a drizzle, we're still seeing wind gusts in the 20-30MPH range though.I'm in uptown NYC and the weather is now clear. No rain, no wind. Looks like it's gone.