EARLY WARNINGS HELP RETAILERS PREPARE FOR HURRICANE ISABEL

LANDOVER, Md. -- Supermarket operators along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard said the advance warnings for Hurricane Isabel helped them prepare for the disaster more thoroughly than they have been able to in the past.By the time the storm began battering the North Carolina and Virginia coasts with 100-mile-per-hour winds and several inches of heavy rainfall, food retailers already had nearly a full week

LANDOVER, Md. -- Supermarket operators along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard said the advance warnings for Hurricane Isabel helped them prepare for the disaster more thoroughly than they have been able to in the past.

By the time the storm began battering the North Carolina and Virginia coasts with 100-mile-per-hour winds and several inches of heavy rainfall, food retailers already had nearly a full week to send extra supplies to affected areas and take necessary precautions.

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