WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Up and down the east coast people are buzzing over the uncertain arrival of Hurricane Sandy. It's still unclear just how Sandy will impact us here in western Massachusetts. But it's better to be safe than sorry.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to approach the northeast early next week, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. For many New Englanders, the bad memories of Tropical Storm "Irene" are still fresh... and so Sandy's literally hitting a little too close to home.
They still don't know when, where or with how much strength Hurricane Sandy will arrive here in the northeast. Many in western Massachusetts are making preparations-- whether they're dreading the worst, or looking forward to a significant storm.
"I don't mind it at all. I've got a passion for weather, it's always been in my family. Just trying to get ready for it," said Bill Whitney of East Longmeadow.
One woman from Jamaica told 22news she's been through her fair share of hurricanes. But new to New England, she's taking precautions.
"I buy a lot of water and dry stuff just in case the power goes out I have food to eat. All I can do is make sure I have some food and blankets just in case the power goes out I can stay warm," said Sophia Chambers of West Springfield.
But for other New England natives, the memories of Irene are still fresh in their minds-- and the predictions of Sandy sound like dreadful deja vu.
"We were without power for over a week last time. Seven days without power you tend to be on the conservative side," said Janet Cannon of Connecticut.
"We have plenty of batteries and our food is well stocked. Last year is not a fond memory for sure so we're preparing for it. We're prepared. We're just waiting to see what happens," said Maryellen Phelan of West Springfield.
Hurricane Sandy killed dozens of people after making landfall in Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas. Again it's still not certain how we'll be impacted by the remnants of the hurricane, but city and state leaders and emergency responders are urging everyone to make some preparations.