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Gorham’s gears up for shopping stampede

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Gorham's is bracing itself for a surge of people today as Hurricane Nicole closes in on Bermuda.

“People will start panic buying,” Gorham's general manager Andrew Mackay said yesterday, adding that half the generators had been sold already.

Mr Mackay predicted that most people will flock to the store around noon, once they see the latest weather forecasts.

Stock levels of the most popular hurricane items at Gorham's are still plentiful. However, it is expected that generators, batteries, large water containers and tarpaulin will be in very heavy demand today.

Mr Mackay suggested that people were generally well prepared for Nicole as they still had supplies bought for Tropical Storm Karl, which struck the island over the weekend of September 24/25.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to hit Bermuda at 11am tomorrow, causing disruption to the island's schedules.

Schools and businesses are expected to close at midday today and mostly to remain closed tomorrow.

Getting ready: Kevin Woodleyn Lumber Shed Foreman at Gorham's, has his hands full with customers rushing in for plywood (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Be prepared: locals rush to Gorhams for plywood, in preparation for Hurricane Nicole (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Staying safe: locals rush to Gorhams for plywood, in preparation for Hurricane Nicole (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Weathering the storm: locals rush to Gorham's for lumber, in preparation for Hurricane Nicole (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Taking precautions: locals rush to Gorham's for lumber, in preparation for Hurricane Nicole (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated October 12, 2016 at 8:08 am)

Gorham’s gears up for shopping stampede

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