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(NECN: Katie Daly, Worcester, Mass.) -- Darlene Rotti of Holden isn't sure what Hurricane Irene will bring to central Massachusetts, but she wants to be prepared. She's not alone.
Keeping up with the demand, Lowes Home Improvement in Worcester has stocked the front of the store with hurricane supplies - water, flashlights, batteries and sump pumps.
"We have a lot of customers coming into the store looking for these popular items to better prepare their homes," said Jennifer Golden of Lowes.
As Hurricane Irene continues to make her way up the east coast. emergency management officials are asking the public to get emergency kits in place now.
Gina Smith is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at UMass Memorial Medical Center. she says the City of Worcester has an emergency plan in place to handle
the effects of the storm
"The city has prepared to shelter people," said Smith.
Supermarkets like Price Chopper in Worcester were busy. They have extra staff on hand to handle the crows.
81-year-old Mary Covello of West Boylston got her chopping done today. She says she experienced the great hurricane of 1938 and isn't taking any chances.
14-year-old Emily McGolderick isn't sure what to expect. She says she has never experienced a hurricane.
"I'm pretty nervous," she said.