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.