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Most have stocked up on emergency supplies

Residents leave in droves, markets are closed and travel is disrupted as Hurricane Sandy nears

Published on Oct 30, 2012 6:00 AM

NEW YORK - In the city that never sleeps, Singaporean Loo Ke Ying went to bed on Sunday to an unfamiliar, unsettling serenity.

Gone were the periodic police and ambulance sirens. Restaurants and stores were shuttered. One of the worst hurricanes in recorded history was coming. And nothing helps kick in the Singaporean "kiasu" side quite like a looming natural disaster.

Ms Loo, whose New York apartment is located in an area next in line for evacuation, did everything the authorities recommended to prepare for the hurricane.

The 28-year-old housewife fought with supermarket crowds to stock up on food for her family and dog, and emergency supplies, enough "to last us a week or so".

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