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Washington: As the entire US East Coast braced up for the Hurricane Sandy, hundreds and thousands of Indian Americans prepared themselves for the days ahead, rushing to the grocery store to stock up eatable, water, milk, fruits and other emergency items.

And in many cases a lot of them had to be disappointed or had to pay more, as the grocery stores in some cases had raised up their prices given the huge demand.

"A Gallon of milk went up by 29 cents, bread by 19 cents, water bottles 10 cents... Yet, three of those stores ran out of drinking water bottles and candles, two stores ran out of milk and Bread. I missed getting bread, had to be happy with Bagels & Tortillas," wrote Jay Mandal, a New York-based photo journalist.

Sree Srinivasan, professor of journalism at the Columbia University, went to his neighborhood grocery store yesterday to stock up his home supplies ahead of the landfall of Hurricane; shopping carts were missing, there was a huge line, all milk were taken.

"I got the very last onion in the place," Srinivasan, tech guru and head of South Asian Journalist Association (SAJA) wrote on his Facebook page last evening; the picture of that lucky onion which he did not forgot to post on this social network site.

He was not the only Indian American to encounter with such a rarest of the rare situation in a grocery store yesterday had millions of Americans on the East Coast braced up for the Hurricane Sandy.

Expected to landfall tonight, with a gusty wind and heavy rainfall, according to weather experts is likely to create havoc in major parts of the United States in its East Coast – from North Carolina to New England as far west as the Great Lakes.

In anticipation, the US President, Barack Obama, declared emergency in a number of states including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, District of Columbia and Massachusetts.

PTI

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