LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Just days after an earthquake shook Larchmont, more unfamiliar weather conditions are on the way as Hurricane Irene approaches Westchester, causing residents like Luc and Maria Quinson to buy big.
"My biggest concern is loss of electricity and not being able to use my sump pump," said Luc, who bought a generator with his wife in preparation for the storm.
The Quinsons, who said they live in an area of Larchmont prone to power outages, have also had issues in the past with flooding in their basement and backyard. Luc bought a sump pump in order to avoid flooding in the future, but fears the category-three storm may leave his house vulnerable yet again.
The Larchmont couple has a long list of precautions, including withdrawing cash in case the banks are closed, stocking up on water, dry food, candles, flash lights and other odds and ends. Those and other suggestions can be found on the Westchester County website for hurricane preparedness by clicking here .
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook Thursday that includes lower Westchester and suggested residents begin reviewing hurricane plans.
"While, we don't know for sure yet, we're absolutely assuming for the worst and planning for the worst," Mayor Josh Mandell said. "If the storm hits at a high tide we can have significant coastal flooding and obviously this could be a significant wind event, the likes of which we haven't seen here in a long time."
While the village won't make any final decisions on how to respond to the threat of Hurricane Irene until they know more about its progression, they have filled up all the fuel reservoirs for generators that supply emergency power, prepared storm catch-basins in crucial areas and secured utilities like cots and evacuation centers for a worst case scenario.
"It's basically all hands on deck," Mandell said.
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