Brisk business at supermakets as Isaac draws closer

Supermarkets did brisk business on Wednesday morning as Dominicans brace themselves for the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac.

DNO visited some supermarkets wheressz long lines were seen at check-out counters.

High on the agenda were candles, matches, crackers, bread and meat.

“I don’t know what is going to happen but I have to make sure I have what I need,” one woman said.

She said she has been monitoring the storm via the internet, the radio and Dominica News Online and she thinks the best thing to do is to be prepared.

Another, who was buying babyfeed, did not appear very concerned. “Everybody seems to be saying something different,” she said. “I am just buying some feed for the baby and some crackers but I don’t think it is going to be that bad.”

One man said he was taking the time to do his weekly shopping. “The Prime Minister said no work today, I am just grabbing the time to do my weekly shopping so I could chill out on Saturday,” he said laughing.

At 8 am, the center of tropical storm Isaac was located near latitude 15.7 north…longitude 58.4 west or about 200 miles or 320 km east of Dominica.

Rain bands from the leading edge of Isaac started to move across Dominica from just after midnight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph or 75 km/h with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaac is expected to pass near Dominica and Guadeloupe later today and tonight.

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19 Comments

  1. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 23, 2012

    Thank God for Brisbane, if he was not open i don’t know how i would prepare for the storm.

  2. Show me the money
    August 23, 2012

    I don’t vote but the pm is right in giving ppl the time off in order to do what they have to Older ppl had this thing saying. You do good you dam do bad you still dam

  3. Still
    August 22, 2012

    why are we dominicans soooo backward. look at the wild fires in america where mandatory evacuations were ordered. were all the evacuated houses burnt?? no!! but one should always take precaution. these natural events are not controlled by man we have no idea what will be the outcome. if you insist that you want to work or go out go ahead. when you get stuck somewhere i hope you dont expect someone to risk their life to come save you..

  4. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    Exactly Dminicans just have to criticize everything. I mean what is the problem with people staying home today to protect people. A Tropical Storm is no joke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Wander
    August 22, 2012

    Whey papa mr PM Ahhhhhh

  6. August 22, 2012

    Businesses could have remained open until four today…nothing is happening in Roseau, Roseau is dry with a grey sky…and it still ‘makin’ hot.

  7. Big Pepe
    August 22, 2012

    That only goes to show that money is more valuable than people’s lives.. :evil:

  8. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    We might want to value work and productivity as much as we do a good time. You mean we couldn’t have put in even a half day? How does an entire country not miss production for an entire day? Goes to show there’s nothing happening here. What about if we MUST stay home tomorrow? Another day off? Wow…amazing!

  9. GR
    August 22, 2012

    Angelo Alleyne the PM cant please you. If he dont give the day off to prepare for the storm you would still give him blouse because its in your nature to oppose. Please people remember when noah was building the ark people were laughing and saying what nonsense is that and the rain did come and destroyed all those that were not prepared. So take heed people.

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      You need to learn to spell properly.

    • August 22, 2012

      I would say dont use the bible to jutify your stupid comments and I would ask you to put the lives of all D’icans before your political agenda because Storms / hurricans are dangerous matters and peoples lives mean a great deal, shutting down ot ask people to stay is not what the noise is about, I will tell you because you forgot what’s truth or fixtion, It’s all about how Skerrit decide to let the nations know what is going on. I will say that the people should stock up before today but they were out shopping and thank God he’s the on in control not you or your friends.

  10. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    I don’t understand what all the fuss is abt. please people it is only a tropical storm!

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      did you see what ophelia did last year?
      did you see what the recent tropical wave did?

      because you are talking utter rubbish to me

    • NOLOVE
      August 22, 2012

      What you mean only a tropical storm Anonymous? Dont you know how much damage and loss of lives a tropical storm can cause? I guess some persons want people to get trapped in the weather on their way home and then to blame the gov’t for slow response.

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      The fuss is about the blocked roads by landslides, no power therefore candle is needed, inability to go to town to buy bread. I hope that you are adequately prepared while you criticize those getting ready.

    • Senior Citizen
      August 22, 2012

      Do you recall the destruction caused by TROPICAL STORM Ophelia?

    • En Ba La
      August 22, 2012

      The FUSS is about trying to protect people who live in areas WHERE THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A LANDSLIDE OR ROCK SLIDE, RIVER OVERFLOWING ITS BANKS, SEA SWELLS etc, even along the roads.

      Trying to prevent LOSS OF LIFE.

    • "O" STRESS!
      August 22, 2012

      Cause your F.A probably not living in Dominica and trying to act tough. If only we were made to give our identity there would be a lot of surprises so stay in your little hole and blow hot air, for who feels it knows it. S.M.F.H. MR PASCAL.

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