Lines at gas stations in and around East Hampton continued to lengthen on Thursday afternoon as motorists sought to fill vehicles and gas cans to power generators in advance of Hurricane Irene's expected arrival here on Saturday night or Sunday. Early in the afternoon, those waiting to fill up at the Hess Station in Wainscott snaked around the corner of the adjacent street and along Montauk Highway. Later in the day, the line at Hess reportedly reached 40 or more cars, and at some gas stations gas supplies were running out.
Parking spaces outside grocery stores were hard to find. At Waldbaum's in East Hampton, the bottled water shelves were almost bare early this afternoon, as workers restocked with fresh supplies.
A Hurricane Irene alert on the East Hampton Town website (town.east-hampton.ny.us) list tips for hurricane preparedness, including an emergency-supply checklist, important phone numbers, and list of what items to assemble in a "go bag," to be taken with you in case of an evacuation.
The town, the Web site announced on Thursday afternoon, "is in the process of coordinating the immediate plan for Hurricane Irene as the storm track becomes more definite." Information on shelter locations and openings will be posted on the site as it is available.