Smithtown residents have been busy preparing for hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit Long Island sometime on Sunday.
Shoppers at the Commack Home Depot were stocking up on batteries, flashlights, sump pumps and chainsaws. Anyone wanting a generator was out of luck; the store had already sold out.
Miguel Pichardo, a supervisor at Home Depot said the store had gone through much of its stock of batteries and flashlights.
“We’ve been getting phone calls all night from customers asking for generators,” he said.
According to Pichardo they were expecting more stock on storm supplies to arrive sometime on Friday.
Janine Gallagher of Huntington was at the store in hopes of picking up a chainsaw.
“We lived through hurricane Gloria and we didn’t have power for a week. Trees came down and we had no chain saws,” she said.
Ace Hardware in Smithtown was out of most major supplies as of Friday morning.
“We are getting an emergency [shipment] with some generators, they’re coming in today later on, and I believe we had an emergency shipment of batteries last night," said Nicole, an assistant manager at the store.
The store was expecting some more supplies later in the day.
“We had a truck that came in today so we’re hoping some supplies are on there as well, other than that we’re pretty much at a moment-to-moment basis.”
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