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Residents flock to grocery stores in advance of blizzard

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© The bread aisle at the Stop & Shop in Glastonbury. © The bread aisle at the Stop & Shop in Glastonbury.
There is little water left at the Whole Foods in Glastonbury. There is little water left at the Whole Foods in Glastonbury.
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

As Blizzard Charlotte gets ready to wreak havoc across New England and the Tri-state area, residents are already hitting up grocery stores to stock up on essentials.

The Price Chopper in Newington is open 24 hours and some customers were exiting the store with carts full of supplies as early as 5:30 a.m.

Many people are getting the essentials such as milk, bread, eggs and a lot of snack foods.

"We will see a huge influx of customers coming in today and then probably early tomorrow morning getting everything they possibly need," said Highland Park Market Vice President Molly Devanney. "And then we see it die down when storm starts."

Highland Market officials have already thought ahead of the storm.

"A lot of our weekend supplies we had delivery set up extra heavy that they came in today and tomorrow," Devanney said.

Several customers said it's better to be prepared than not.

"You have to prepare because of the storm we had 15 months ago, in case we lose power," Susan Semedo said. "I have a generator, so I'm pretty well set."

John Annino was one of the people who showed up at stores at 6:30 a.m. to beat the crowds.

"I made sure the gas cans are full for the snowblower," he said. "I made sure to fire up the generator, make sure it works, so we are pretty set."

If you don't have a generator, there are some items you may want to grab besides food.

Make sure to get some extra batteries, candles, matches and a first-aid kit. Also, it's probably wise to charge up that cell phone in case the power goes out.

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