SARANAC LAKE - Batteries and bottled water were some of the most popular items Monday as shoppers stocked up on storm supplies at the village's hardware, grocery and drug stores.
A light rain was coming down just after noon as a steady stream of traffic moved in and out of the Saranac Lake Shopping Center on Lake Flower Avenue.
At Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, General Manager Bob Bayruns said the storm has been good for business. The store had already sold out of D batteries, lamp oil, emergency candles and generators.
Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware in Saranac Lake had nearly sold out of flashlights as of noon Monday.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
"We could have sold probably 50 generators since last Thursday or Friday," Bayruns said. "We had calls on that all weekend. We only had a couple in stock and sold those."
Coakley's had also seen a run on flashlights, with only a few left as of today, Bayruns said.
Outside in the parking lot, Ken Fountain of Lake Clear had just bought a pair of propane tanks for his Coleman lantern. He said he's also stocked up on batteries, food and water.
"You don't know how it's going to end up, so you've gotta be prepared," he said.
At the nearby Grand Union supermarket, store Manager Jeff Cross said bottled water and batteries were some of his biggest-selling items of the day.
"We're seeing an increase in traffic on the key items, and we're seeing a decrease on some of the other things," Cross said. "People are probably afraid of whether or not they're going to have refrigeration, so they're not exactly stocking up on fresh meat and everything else. They're probably thinking their refrigerator's going to be out or their power's going to be out."
Cross said people in Saranac Lake are used to intense weather and power outages, although "maybe not to this extent.
"We'll prepare for the worst, and hopefully it won't be like that," he said.
Across town, the parking lot at Kinney Drugs on Broadway was packed during the noon hour Monday. Store Manager Norm Gould said people were getting the essentials: milk, batteries, water and lamp oil.
"We had a very busy weekend, and this morning, we've definitely seen an increase in traffic at well," Gould said. "It's better to be prepared than not, so I think people are taking the necessary steps and are going to ride the storm out when it arrives - and we'll see what happens."
Some people said they didn't think the storm was going to be as bad as predicted.
"I think it's a lot of hype," Judy Frey of Tupper Lake said while shopping at Kinney in Saranac Lake. "At least that's what I hope."
Still, Frey said she was preparing for the possibility of losing power.
"We have our flashlights already, and our lanterns and batteries - just in case," she said.
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