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Hundreds of generators go fast at Cabela's; more on the way

By Adam Klein, 69 News Photojournalist
Published On: Oct 31 2012 05:59:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 31 2012 05:59:44 PM CDT
TILDEN TWP., Pa. -

Thousands of people are still without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy's wrath around the region. Many are taking matters into their own hands.

"Our electric won't be back until Sunday. So, we're just hoping we're able to run a couple of appliances and keep our refrigerator cold," said Robin Fritsch, of Tilden Township.

As thousands of people wait to have their power restored, many said they are hopeful they will be lucky enough to find a generator. Even though some, like Doreen Perini from the Lehigh Valley, have admitted being behind the ball.

"We procrastinated, and we lost it last year at this time for five days, and here we are again, probably longer than that," said Perini.

Hundreds flocked to Cabela's in Tilden Township on Wednesday to buy generators. The line wrapped around the front of the store.

"This morning, we started off with 700 generators when we opened at 8:00," said Harold Luther, retail marketing manager at Cabela's.

"We have people from New York, New Jersey, Delaware coming in for generators," said Linda Stinnett, Cabela's employee.

"My wife is going to be so happy when I get home because she's freezing," said Donald Moyer, from Kutztown.

Luther said Cabela's is scheduled to have more generators and other emergency supplies arrive within the next few days, possibly as early as Thursday.

Some said they are lucky enough to no longer need generators. One Bern Township resident, who lives on Christina Drive, said he and his neighbors recently got their power back. Hurricane Sandy's winds were so bad, even their street sign came flying off.

"It could be worse. Got to count your blessings," said one neighbor.

Met-Ed said it expects to have 95 percent of its customers restored by the weekend.  PPL said it expects 80% to 85% of its customers to have their power restored by 11 p.m. Friday.