Rockville Centre Village was hopping Wednesday morning as residents from throughout Southern Nassau were looking for power and accessories in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Most stores and restaurants on N. Park Avenue and N. Village Avenue, along with Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road, had power as of 9 a.m. Wednesday.
RadioShack, which was out of cell phone car chargers, 'D' batteries and power inverters, was allowing one customer into the store at a time around noon. The line was filled with anxious customers looking for everything from cell phones to to cameras, and everything in between.
Starbucks on N. Park Avenue was filled to capacity with residents who purchased a required minimum of $10 worth of food and coffee to sit, relax and recharge their electronic devices.
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Long Beach resident Meghan Duffy wasn't waiting for a seat in Starbucks, but was smart enough to head next door to the Mr. Miceli Pizzeria, where there were no people and one outlet was waiting.
"Every place else is packed," she said. "Every place else is running out of food. We're hopeful."
Duffy, whose apartment and car were both destroyed during the worst of Hurricane Sandy, said she had been on the move since Sandy hit.
"I'm actually staying at my grandmother's house in Oceanside, which was also flooded out," Duffy said. "... We rented an apartment luckily in Rockville Centre, so now we're trying to relocate there."
Georgia Avenue, where Duffy resides in Long Beach's West End, was covered with more than six feet of water in some places.
"It's terrible," Duffy said. "There's no water, there's no electric. You don't realize what you need water for until after [it's gone]."