DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the east coast, local residents like Melissa Silverman are rushing out to the grocery store to stock up on essentials.
The Stop & Shop in Dobbs Ferry was filled with last minute shoppers as checkout lines wrapped around the store. The parking lot was packed as customers searched for any vacant spaces. Most of the popular supplies were long gone as the water aisle was completely barren. Locals were stocking up whatever essentials they could get their hands on..
"[We're looking for] batteries so we can listen to the radio," said Leo Silverman.
As the hurricane continues to move north many parts of the east coast were forced to evacuate. Melissa Silverman said her family's plans were derailed by the approaching storm.
"We actually cut our vacation short," she said. "We just got home early this morning from the Hamptons."
While most plan to hunker down in their homes to ride out the storm, it wasn't before taking some extra precautions.
"We put our lawn furniture away, we put our barbeque away," Silverman said. "We filled our bathtub with water so we can flush the toilet."
In a letter to Dobbs Ferry residents, mayor Hartley Connett said the hurricane is supposed to hit the area hard starting Saturday night and through Sunday. Connett stressed to all residents to stay at home and off the roads during the storm. The Waterfront Park parking lot will also be closed due to the probability of flooding.
For more information you can contact the police department at 653-5500 and for power outages contact Con Edison at 1-800-752-6633. For information at the Westchester County level dial 211.
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