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Hurricane Irene on Her Way Up the Coast

What residents are doing to prepare for the hurricane.

Hurricane Irene, a large Category 3 hurricane, is on her way up the coast. Expect to see the effects this weekend.

Residents have been buying extra water, batteries and flashlights in preparation for the storm.

North Reading resident Joan Crowley went to on Main Street to buy batteries on Thursday. She'll use them for her flashlights and radio if power is lost.

Employee at True Value Charlie Whittier said, "I've already fixed three flashlights. One guy wanted 12 sheets of plywood to cover big windows."

Whittier said patrons have mostly been buying batteries and flashlights, but one customer did inquire about a generator.

At , a cashier said customers have been buying extra water. They have had a few people stocking up on food, but not an extraordinary amount.

According to , Chief Edward Nolan will meet today with town officials to prepare for the hurricane.

Joe Veno August 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM
If we get the hurricane one thing to remember is your window air conditioners. The plastice slides that come out from the AC will not stop hurricane winds and may be blown in. To be safe remove the AC from the window.
carlosB August 27, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I don't know what to do. My air conditioner was put in the window with a plexi glass sheet so I cannot remove it from the window. The plexi glass piece is about 12 by 12. I live on the ground floor of a townhouse where the AC is about 6 inches from the lawn surface. Do I need to use an air conditioner cover over the outside? I hope not as it will prevent me from using the AC and the humidity is bad.
John Intorcio August 28, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Carlos - Chill. You'll be OK. Particularly with the AC that low.

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