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February 8, 2013

HUNKER DOWN

Area residents stock up as storm bears down

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Unitil, the power company that services parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, warned that the storm could hamper efforts to restore electricity and natural gas to area homes and businesses.

“Should we experience blizzard-like conditions driving conditions will be hazardous and bucket trucks will be unable to extend arms due to high winds at the storm’s peak,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said. “While these conditions could delay restoration efforts as the storm progresses, Unitil is prepared for this weather event and we will still be able to work with first responders to address wires-down calls and public safety issues during this period.”

National Grid has issued similar statements.

At Market Basket, none of that really mattered yet as shoppers waited in long lines at the registers or crowded around the bottled-water display.

Phyllis Byrne of Methuen had milk, eggs, bread, muffins, cold cuts and meat in her basket as she stood in line waiting to pay.

“You’ve got to be patient,” she said. “I’m used to it. I know this happens when there’s a storm or a holiday.”

One corner of the store was probably the busiest area of all, as employees worked feverishly to stock water.

Kelly Kent of Lawrence had a dozen gallons of water in her cart, along with a loaf of bread, as she and a friend stocked up for the blizzard.

“We’re getting as much as we can,” Kent said. “I feel like we’re really going to get blocked in for three days.”

Julia Ladd of North Andover was also expecting to be homebound for a few days with her three children, so she was getting their favorite foods.

“We’ll have taco night and spaghetti and meatballs,” she said. “I’m expecting to be inside for at least two days.”

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