New York hardware stores are already seeing a pre-storm jump in sales as many residents prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin's arrival on the East Coast this weekend.
Currently the storm is parked over the Bahamas and the threat to the East Coast has diminished, but memories of 2012's Superstorm Sandy, which was the cause of 53 deaths and $32 billion in damage in New York state alone, are fresh. Many residents are stocking up on supplies — just in case.
"The closer we get to a storm, the wackier it gets in here," said Barbara Israel, a sales associate at Nuthouse Hardware in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. "It was like a zoo during Sandy, I would never want to relive that."