Local businesses, residents stock up on supplies ahead of winter storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — New Englanders have begun the storm prep once again as a nor’easter is headed to southern New England.

“55 mile an hour gusts they’re calling for, potentially heavy wet snow, could create a disaster,” Bruce Berard, the C.O.O. and Vice President of Stanley Tree Services in Smithfield told ABC 6 News.

While the winter has continued to be uneventful so far in terms of snow fall, the trifecta of rain, wind and snow is keeping tree services and home owners on their toes.

“We’ve got over 280 employees here, they will all be on storm as of starting tonight and through tomorrow and Wednesday,” Berard said. 

An Attleboro resident stocking up at Home Depot told ABC 6 News, “I just bought some pellets here, I got the shovels out, and I’ve got the ice melt out as ready so, should be good,” Steven Danko said.

One of the main concerns is the wind, and the potential for power outages that could follow.

Stanley Tree Service is ready to help around the clock, “downed power lines, downed trees, call our number 24 hours a day, seven days a week we have people here that can get out there,” Berard added. 

“Definitely gonna move some furniture around outside and stuff, signs on the front deck and stuff like that, so not about trees but hopefully not I had one fall a few years ago so I think we took that out of the equation,” Danko continued.

Rhode Island Energy sent out some storm safety suggestions on Monday night, such as having all the essentials you need at home, using flashlights instead of candles, and avoiding downed wires. 

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