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Eastchester Residents Get Ready for Irene

This is the first part of The Daily Eastchester 's Coverage of Hurricane Irene. Check in with us tomorrow to find out how village officials are preparing for the storm.

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- If you were looking for milk and bread in Eastchester Thursday afternoon, the shelves were fully stocked at the Dairy Mart on White Plains Road.

"We are all stocked up and have the basics in reserve as well," said owner Pat Dalton. "We also sell batteries and water."

The National Weather Service said the tri-state area is in the direct line of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to bring heavy rain, wind, coastal flooding and possible damages to the area by Sunday.

Hurricane Irene was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday, calling for a storm surge of 9 to 12 feet and sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph. Damage in a Category 3 storm may be extensive on small buildings with low roofs, large trees and branches, and it may also cause power and water outages.

Eastchester resident Marta Wolfson said she felt lucky to find a full shelf of batteries and flashlights at Value Drugs across the street.

"I went to the grocery store already, now I am here stocking up on batteries," said Wolfson who had to keep her sunglasses on due to a recent eye surgery. "Now I am going to go home to put my patio furniture away and bring my plants inside."

Brian Safaty, Manager at Value Drugs said they had filled their shelves several times on Thursday.

"We already went through all of our stock," Safaty said. "I had to run down to the Bronxville store to refill our shelves."

Allen Falber came from New Rochelle to Cornell's True Value in Tuckahoe Thursday afternoon in search of batteries and a flashlight.

"There is not much left to pick from, but I am happy I found something," Falber said.

Cornell's owner John Fix said he was just about sold out of flashlights, batteries and lantern lights.

"I have been told that I might get a delivery (Friday)," he said. "We may be able to stock our shelves one more time before Sunday.

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