SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –This type of weather in the northeast seems like it’s no longer out of the ordinary, especially with the threat of Tropical Storm Sandy looming. “Now you expect it. Never thought it could happen here,” said Doreen Weisner. “I’m a little scared because they’re saying it’s a hurricane and don’t want anything happening” Loida Perez admitted.
Richard Weisner learned his lesson last year when Hurricane Irene blew through Western Mass causing extensive flooding, and taking power lines down with it. “Last year, we were 8 days without power, so we’ve invested in the generator, in the right way. Do it right, so, we’re ready for it,” he stated.
Batteries and flashlights are just some of the items flying off the shelves at Springfield’s Lowes.
Gas cans, lanterns, and generators are already sold out, proving that people in the Pioneer Valley aren’t taking any chances when it comes to being prepared for Tropical Storm Sandy. “I upped it a little bit, I got more supplies, gasoline, I got more stuff put away, I helped my neighbors out in case they’re not ready, and you know, just waiting and hope nothing really happens,” Ed Demaris shared.
Sandy is expected to touch ground on the East Coast Sunday night with her eye on New Jersey. The effects could reach as far south as Virginia, and as far north as Maine.
Here in Western Mass, we could be looking at heavy rain, possible flooding, and power outages. If that’s the case it might be nice to live next to Ed Demaris. “I have a generator, and I’m all ready, and I told my neighbor, stop over, and we’ll all have one big giant family.”
People are also not only encouraged to charge their electronics, but to have enough energy themselves by stocking up water and non-perishable foods like tuna and crackers.
Even though they are sold out of some of the items, Lowes does say they’re expecting more shipments of gas can, generators, and lanterns.