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Monday, September 15, 2003

Westporters Make Hurricane Preparations

Westporters Make Hurricane Preparations A normally quiet Monday turned into a busy day today for Westport hardware stores, gas stations, supermarkets, and area marinas as Hurricane Isabel churned toward the East Coast. ItӒs been crazy, said Mike Hegley, assistant manager at Torno Hardware on Post Road East. ԓD-batteries, six-volt batteries, flashlights, kerosene lanterns and stoves you name it, they֒re flying out of here. He said the store had one generator in stock when it opened today.  ԓA man called up and bought it sight unseen for $590, Hegley said.
Westporters Chuck and Elena Foster remove their 21-foot Boston Whaler from Compo Marina today. WestportNow.com photo
He also reported portable radios, especially the hand-cranked kind, moved off the shelves quickly. ԓIts mostly the elderly and housewives,Ҕ Hegley said. It was much the same story at Crossroads Hardware on North Main Street. People just want to be sure they have enough batteries and that kind of stuff on hand,Ӕ said one employee. Duracell and Eveready must be getting rich today.Ӕ Parking lots were more crowded and checkout lines longer at Shaws and Super Stop and Shop supermarkets on Post Road East. ғWeve been busy all day,Ҕ said one worker at Stop and Shop who declined to give his name. At the marina at Compo Beach, the day started off quietly but there was increasing traffic of SUVs and trucks with trailers taking boats out as the day wore on. ItӒll really get busy down here tomorrow and Wednesday, said Sam Arciola of the Westport Police DepartmentԒs Marine Division. I took the day off from work to get the boat out,Ӕ said Westporter Chuck Foster as he and his wife Elena maneuvered their 21-foot Boston Whaler on to their trailer. If it hadnӒt been for the hurricane, I wouldnԒt have taken it out yet.

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