Hundreds of shoppers prepare for 'Sandy'

Posted at: 10/28/2012 9:11 PM
Updated at: 10/29/2012 12:07 AM
By: Joangel Cocepcion

News10NBC is told that the Monroe County Emergency Management team has been monitoring Hurricane Sandy since Friday afternoon and they expect the greatest impact of the storm to come Monday afternoon going into Tuesday.

County Executive Maggie Brooks says the county is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best, as are many residents.

Supermarkets throughout the county were slammed with shoppers hoping to stay one step ahead of the storm. As Hurricane Sandy inches closer and closer, hundreds of shoppers are flocking to local supermarkets to stock up.

“We wanted to make sure we were set to go if we had to stay in for a few days,” says Brianne Eason.

She says she wasn’t taking any chances.

“I’m scared to death that if we don’t take it seriously, something bad will happen,” says Eason. “I rather take it seriously than not.”

Eason managed to get her hands on bottled water, which is an item that went quickly during the weekend. No cases were left at the Wegmans in Pittsford by 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

“We were worried we aren’t going to have water but I guess we lucked out,” says Eason. “We were a little nervous when we pulled into the parking lot because it’s packed here.”

That particular Wegmans store was also running low on batteries. Store management tells News10NBC that traffic at the store has been non-stop for the entire weekend. Some shoppers say they were shocked to see the shortages at the store.

“I feel like everyone overreacts when there is any kind of weather coming,” says shopper Stratis Christakis.

Others were a little frustrated with the big rush at the store.

“I just walked past the water aisle and it’s completely empty,” says David Gonzalez. “That’s just blatant exaggeration of what’s going to happen. No need to worry that much about it.”

Gonzalez says he’s a little skeptical about Sandy. He thinks the storm is being blown out of proportion. Either way, store employees are working around the clock to keep the store fully stocked. But Gonzalez says the storm isn’t going to affect how he goes about his week.

“Rochester has survived plenty of blizzards,” says Gonzalez. “Which are way worse than what’s going to happen, so it’s just an exaggeration of what’s going on. That’s just it.”

Wegmans plans to keep all stores open throughout the storm. County officials say they will continue to communicate with the National Weather Service on a regular basis. County Executive Brooks says they will determine if they will need to do more to help prepare residents by Monday.