Northeasterners scramble to hunker down as Tropical Storm Henri nears

Dave Caron was expecting a rush, so he showed up early Saturday morning to unlock his grocery store in Branford, Conn. Already, 20 people were clustered around the entrance.

By midmorning, the business was so crowded with shoppers stocking up in preparation for Henri that he had to call family to help out. His wife and son came. So did his sister, who made the 30-mile drive down from Middletown, Conn.

“It still wasn’t enough,” Caron said.

An unending stream of customers was clearing shelves of ice, bottled water, deli meats, batteries and other goods. “My parking lot has been full since the moment I opened,” he said. “It’s been more business than we could possibly handle.”

Tropical Storm Henri charges toward southern New England
People across coastal New England and Long Island scrambled to make last-minute preparations ahead of what is expected to be the region’s worst storm in 30 years. Though Henri slightly weakened from a hurricane to a strong tropical storm Sunday, forecasters still anticipate it will pack a punch with strong winds and flooding. Across parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and on Long Island, heavy rain was falling by daybreak.

Worried residents boarded windows and loaded shopping carts with essentials. Some tied down boats. Many lined up at gas stations to fill canisters of fuel for generators.

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Source: MSN