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Water in the Skies, Not on the Supermarket Shelves

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Stop & Shop at Somers Commons has done its best keeping shelves stocked as the hurricane approaches with most shoppers able to find the supplies they wanted. However, despite their best efforts, store employees could not satisfy the demand for water.

By Saturday afternoon only a few lonely bottles of Perrier remained. The A & P in Brewster and the Ridgefield Stop & Shop were in the same state. People were stocking up on food and movies at the rental machine.

Standing behind her overflowing shopping cart, Marianne DeMasi said she got caught up in preparation panic.

“I just came in to get a few things. But when I saw what other people were buying, I got scared," she said. "Then I started picking things up.”

Dana Caminitti was worried about losing power.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” she said. “I feel I should stock up on food, just in case. But if we lose the power, the food will spoil. Everything in my house is electric -- my stove, my microwave, everything. I have a nine-year-old, so I’m getting food I don’t have to cook. I’ve lived here nine years and the longest I’ve ever been without electricity is one day.”

Somers resident Janine Wiggins just got back from South Carolina.

“It was beautiful there. I got the last flight out," she said. "There’s a lot more hype here than there was down there. I’m just buying necessities.”

Denise Marino took a different approach.

“We’re having a hurricane party,” she said. “I got cold cuts, just in case. But I’m going to cook my Sunday sauce today. Then tomorrow if I have to, I’ll heat it on the grill outside.”

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