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Irene Arrives as Pound Ridge Residents Stock Up

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Hurricane Irene has arrived, but Pound Ridge residents are ready. Throngs of shoppers descended on Scotts Corner Market and Chubby’s hardware store Saturday afternoon to stock up on enough bottled water and non-perishable food to get them through the crisis.

“My husband told me to shop like we were going on a beach picnic,” said Lisa Lovering as she pushed her cart out of Scotts Corner Market. “In other words, get non-perishable things in case we lose power. We have a cooler and we bought a lot of ice.”

Lovering was a bit skeptical that the storm would be as intense as news reports were making it out to be.

“We’ll see if the hype is as big as the media is saying,” she said.

Inside Scotts Corner Market, one employee said the store had been “ridiculously busy.”

Store owner Billy Fortin confirmed that.

“We did three days worth of business on Friday and three days worth of business again today (Saturday),” he said. “Lots of people tend to panic shop but we seem to have an educated clientele. They don’t tend to freak out. Pound Ridge is used to power outages.”

Fortin said batteries and bottled water were his two hottest items, but the store has not run out of stock.

“We are the only ones in a 50-mile radius who still has D batteries,” he said. “Our wholesaler who sells us the batteries was here twice on Friday. I’m lucky we have great wholesalers and suppliers. I think so far, we’ve sold about 20 pallets of water too.”

Fortin also owns Blind Charlie’s, the diner up the street on Westchester Avenue. He said his employees there have taken precautions.

“We are prepared and making as if we will be out of power,” he said. “We’ve taken [perishable items] to the basement which are then placed in a freezer and then into a walk-in. They’ll stay good for 20 hours.”

At Chubby’s hardware store, check-out lines curled down the aisle and employees were so busy they couldn’t take time to speak with reporters. Customers waited in line with items such as coolers, tarps, rope and, of course, flashlights.

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