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Preparing for major winter storm

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By: Liz Tufts

    The storm may be two days away, but the Rhode Island EMA is encouraging you to get ready for the storm right now.

     From grocery stores, to hardware stores, to local gas pumps, residents across Rhode Island are being urged to stay ahead of the storm. "Now is the time before the storm hits. Get your shovels ready your sand and your salt make sure you have enough heating fuel that will last you a week, " says Annemarie Beardsworth, Spokesperson for RIEMA.

     It's advice Gloria Devoe is taking seriously. "I'll get nervous if we don't have electricity for a few day, " says Devoe. That's why she's stocking up on the necessities two days before the storm.

    She's one of many who filled up their shopping carts at Dave's Marketplace in Warwick. Where milk is going fast and the registers can't seem to keep up. We are very, very busy today busier than a normal Wednesday morning, : says the store's manager.

     The store's manager says come Thursday and Friday, the aisles will be complete chaos. "We've been on the phone all day with our suppliers trying to order more merchandise"

     The same goes at Benny's in Providence where the lines are long and shovels are hard to come by. Patrick Laundry is adding ice melt to his list. "Hopefully it won't be as bad as it was back in 78, " says Laundry.

     And ironically this storm is expected to hit just days after the 35th anniversary of the blizzard of 78. Many are just hoping we wont see a repeat. "I think we dodged a bullet last winter and now it's time for us to pay the piper, " says Laundry.

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