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Pelham Prepares for Possibility of Hurricane Irene

PELHAM, N.Y. – Some Pelham residents have begun preparations for a rainy weekend as Hurricane Irene rockets up the East Coast. One Pelham supermarket has seen a bump in business as people brace for the possibility of power outages.

Alex Hyacinthe, manager at DeCicco Food Market on Fifth Avenue, said the store ordered a little more water, flashlights, batteries and milk. He said the increase was not in preparation for the hurricane itself, but for the delays it could cause.

"(It's) in the event that we don't get deliveries on Monday," Hyacinthe said.

Hyacinthe said the store was a bit busier Thursday morning than it has been on regular Thursdays throughout the summer. But the manager said he did not notice customers specifically buying items for hurricane preparation.

Barbara Feola, who works at DeCicco Food Market, is not particularly concerned about the hurricane's potential effects in New York.

"I'm not so worried about it coming here," Feola said. "Normally when hurricanes come and storms come, we don't get hit hard."

The Pelham resident said she is more concerned about her brother who lives in South Carolina.

The Westchester County Technical Rescue Team , comprised of firefighters, EMS and other industry personnel, will be on standby this weekend in case they must make emergency rescues.

The National Weather Service calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms starting Friday night. The chance of precipitation increases throughout the weekend, with tropical storm conditions possible on Sunday. Sunny skies should return on Monday.

How are you preparing for the hurricane headed this way? Comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @DailyPelham .

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