NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hurricane Sandy was headed for the East Coast on Friday and that meant people were stocking up and battening down the hatches.

Residents in Battery Park City were buying water, batteries and other supplies, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported Friday.

“I already started prepping yesterday,” one man said. “I went to the store, I bought stuff for the fridge, made sure I was covering all bases.

“I’m afraid because Irene was such a dud that this might be a real thing, so we’re trying to take precautions by getting some batteries because the power might be out for a while.”

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

At a Home Depot in Elmont, workers were carting in pallets of extra supplies. Flashlights, batteries, lanterns and sump pumps were being snatched from the shelves nearly as fast as workers could re-stock them.

Susan Zderko lost power for 10 days when Tropical Storm Irene hit. This time, she said she’s stocking up early for herself and her family.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

“I heard this on the news and said ‘oh I’ve got to run out and get this for my mother and mother-in-law, so here we go,” Zderko said. “Everybody just kind of fluffs it off and then all of a sudden it’s there, so better safe than sorry.”

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Shoppers in Yonkers on Friday had different ways of preparing for the worst the storm might bring our way.

“In anticipation of my grandchildren spending some time this weekend, I will get milk and eggs,” one woman told WCBS 880′ Monica Miller.

“A new sump pump submersible for the basement,” another added.

One woman named Sandy said she’s praying Mother Nature doesn’t blemish her given name.

“I have family in Jamaica and they say they went through a lot with it, but we’re just praying,” she said.

Shoppers in Belmar, N.J. were packing a local hardware store all day.

“Batteries, flashlights, generators which we are sold out right now,” said Joe Connor, owner of Taylor Hardware.

“I bought milk and bread, the normal things and water. And hope it’s going to go to the west,” said Joanne Desheplo of Belmar.

A man named “Adam” said he was buying water as a precautionary move, but wasn’t all that convinced of Sandy’s potential potency.

“We’re all going to live through it,” he said. “It’s much ado over nothing, really.”

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