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West County Stocks Up for Sandy

Some tips on getting the essentials before the storm.

With Hurricane Sandy coming up the east coast, residents of West Anne Arundel County began stocking up with essentials on Friday. 

Local supermarkets including Safeway and Giant in Gambrills were crowded, with many shoppers pushing carts filled with bottled water, milk and other staples. 

The Walmart in Severn and Target in Gambrills were also crowded with people stocking up on flashlights and batteries. 

The Gambrills General Store said it hopes to be open through the weekend, with firewood, generators and propane for sale, along with food for livestock and other animals. The store has a fall festival open house planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Honda Powersports of Crofton is expecting shipments of generators on Saturday and Sunday morning. There were several models available and ranged in price from about $1,200 to $5,000, depending on capacity. 

The Stone Store in Hanover is currently taking orders for sandbags. Call 410-766-4242, and staff there will prepare the bags for pickup. 

Check out these other local spots for bad weather essentials. 

  • Odenton ACE Hardware was sold out of generators, but could have a new shipment Monday. Other essentials including batteries, power cords and flashlights were in stock. 
  • Lowe's in Severn has supplies including flashlights, batteries and lumber. 
  • Wegmans will not open for business until Sunday at 7 a.m., and it's expected to be very crowded. However, if you need last-minute food and drink, there will be items in stock. The store plans to have 29 registers open Sunday morning. 

Do you have any other suggestions on where to go for storm essentials? Tell us in the comments. 

Be sure to follow @OdentonPatch on Twitter this weekend for up-to-the-minute updates as Sandy comes our way. 

Gerri Cappuccio October 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
BG@E will never be prepared for this type of storm. My house has been damaged and it will probably be damaged again. There is nothing one can do except wait and see and lose food.

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