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Westonites Stock Up for the Storm

WESTON, Conn. — Weston Hardware and Houseware was nearly out of batteries Thursday afternoon, said Frank Kudia, store manager. Customers had been in and out of the store all day, buying flashlights, sump pumps, tarps, propane, candles and sand to prepare for Hurricane Irene's arrival Sunday.

"People think the storm is positively going to come," said Kudia. "We still have some flashlights in stock and sand to block the water." The store will be open all weekend and can be reached at 203-227-7995, he said.

Richie Miller of Weston was in the hardware store Thursday to buy propane if case of a power outage this weekend.

Also in anticipation of the storm, Weston schools moved its convocation to Friday from Monday, said Colleen Palmer, superintendent of schools. No other school plans will be made until more is known about the storm, she said.

Shoppers also were buying water and nonperishable items at Peter's Weston Market on Thursday, said Tess Fagen and Kelly Hagen, employees at the market. "There were a few big orders," said Fagen. The store recently acquired a generator and plans to remain open all weekend.

Nancy Lincoln, who has worked at the Weston Public Library for the past 27 years, was told not to come to work when Hurricane Gloria hit Weston in the '80s. "We didn't suffer too badly. The power was back on that night," said Lincoln. "Some people were without power for more than one week."

She said Weston mostly experienced heavy rain and wind in that storm. "The most interesting thing was the eye — a beautiful, blue, clear part of the storm. ... Then it went back to the dark storm."

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