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New Rochelle Stocks Up in Advance of Storm

People were buying water and canned goods at Torino's on Pelham Road.

New Rochelle residents went about their business Saturday in advance of feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

While the parking lot at Torino's Italian Market on Pelham Road was full, there weren't any lines to speak of at the checkout counters.

Assistant Manager Raymond Marrero said business was brisk Saturday, especially for the morning hours.

"It usually doesn't pick up until after noon," he said.

Marrero said people were buying a lot of water and stocking up on canned goods, but the store had plenty of items to sell.

Plus, he said, the store was equipped with a backup generator in case electricity goes out.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists pinned down Hurricane Sandy's landfall site to central or southern New Jersey Monday evening. However, they stressed that the worst of the storm will occur ahead of its center.

New Rochelle could start feeling the effects of Sandy on Sunday. During the day the National Weather Service said there is a 50 percent chance of showers. Otherwise, it will be cloudy with a high near 62.

For Sunday night, the probability of rain goes up to 80 percent. The weather service said the rain could be heavy at times, with total amounts between a quarter and half inch possible. The low will be around 51. Winds will be from the northeast at 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph.

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