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Last-minute preparation for Dorian leads to long lineups

Grocery stores in Halifax are being picked clean in anticipation of Saturday's big storm. Last-minute shoppers can expect long lineups and near-empty chip aisles.

'I don't think about it that much. Weather is weather. It happens'

The lineup for propane at Costco in Halifax spanned the entire parking lot. (Eric Woolliscroft/CBC)

Grocery stores in Halifax are being picked clean in anticipation of tomorrow's big storm.

Last-minute shoppers can expect long lineups and near-empty chip aisles.

"I'm making sure all of my portable electronics are charged," said Nathan Kendall, after stocking up at Sobeys on Mumford Road.

"I got a lot of non-perishable food items. I also have my flashlights and my candles. I'm ready to be powerless."

At the Costco in Dartmouth, a huge line extended through the parking lot as people waited to fill up propane tanks.

Halifax Regional Police were also at the big-box store early Friday afternoon to rescue two small dogs that had been left in a hot vehicle and were in distress.

Once officers located the owner, they charged them under the Animal Protection Act, according to a news release. Police noted that even with windows open, a parked vehicle can become "like a furnace" on sunny days.

Batteries were a hot seller in advance of Hurricane Dorian. (Richard Cuthbertson/CBC)

As Dorian approaches, a prolonged power outage is a significant concern. But not everyone is as concerned about the forecast as others.

"I feel like I'm still in denial [because] the sky is still blue, it's still nice out," said Beldam Aiken. "I have nothing prepared. I'll probably charge my phone at work.… I don't think about it that much. Weather is weather. It happens."

Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Halifax around noon on Saturday.

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