South Coast Residents Preparing For Worst With Hurricane Irene

BUZZARD’S BAY (CBS) – The hurricane threat has many people living along the Massachusetts coast scrambling to get out of harm’s way.

When you live along the water and you’ve been through a hurricane or two, you understand the importance of being prepared. Lots of folks along the south coast were out getting ready Thursday night before Irene gets here.

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Joe Sambade knows hurricanes. He’s been on the Cape for 82 years and he’s getting ready for Irene. He was around with the Hurricane of 1938 struck and said he saw a lot of damage.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports.

Gas stations had lines of people waiting to fill up their cars and cans.

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Other residents were shopping around for shop vacs, flashlights and batteries.

Many spent the day getting their boats out of the water.

The Red Cross is preparing as many as six evacuation shelters and at the Mass. Maritime Academy and are considering putting their upperclassmen aboard one of their ship to ride out the storm.

The storm is expected to affect the Bay State during the day Sunday.


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