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Merrimack Valley

October 29, 2012

Are you ready? Storm set to hit today

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All over the region, residents were planning to take shelter in their own homes, having stocked on groceries, bottled water and flashlights over the weekend. By last evening, many store shelves were empty and D batteries were scarce. Frustrated by mobbed grocery stores, shoppers were hitting convenience stores for essentials last night.

“I’m not going anywhere for the next 36 hours,” said Theresa Piazza, a 37-year-old middle school teacher who plans to ride out the storm at her Methuen home. As the storm warnings intensified, Piazza and her fiance Peter Fisher put away yard items and tied the gas grill to a fence in the backyard over the weekend.

She also filled a big pitcher of water, made sure all their batteries were charged and put candles in reach. For the most part, the couple was all set on groceries for themselves. But she did ask Fisher to make a last minute stop for food for her small dog Peanut. The Shih Tzu mix, who suffers from allergies, eats a special diet of gentle grains, butternut squash and hamburg that Piazza planned to prepare in bulk for Peanut before the storm hit.

“That was the priority,” said Piazza. She works for the public schools in Wilmington, where school was called off today. Fisher is a daycare teacher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was still waiting to hear last night if he was needed at work today.

As a science teacher, Piazza said she was working on a unit about erosion prior to Hurricane Sandy. She said she’s sure to use Hurricane Sandy and its impact as a “teaching moment” when she and her students return to school.

National Grid trucks and Asplundh tree removal crews lined up in Lawrence last night in the old Showcase Cinema parking lot on Route 114. The company released a statement, saying they are prepared to handle power outages and natural gas services interruptions throughout New England today.

In his address yesterday, Patrick said he hopes to see a “well oiled” response from utility repair crews.

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