Pre-storm jitters pushes demand up for toilet paper, bread and batteries.

If you ever wanted to know what Americans can’t live without, just visit any grocery storm on the East Coast ahead of Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday afternoon at this Wegman’s in Princeton, people wanted toilet paper, bread, and batteries. Last night a Radio Shack in Princeton already sold all of its flashlights.

It was suprising to see how well stocked this grocery store was on Sunday at 4 p.m. While these photos show some empty shelves, there were also nearby shelves of other brands of bread, bottled water, and toilet paper. While last year Irene was more hype than hurricane, the storms path has its eye on the Garden State.

Forecasters expect Sandy to come ashore late tomorrow, most likely in New Jersey, bringing high winds and coastal flooding. Then it’s expected to meet up with a storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.

Forecasters say the resulting megastorm could blow down trees and power lines and dump heavy rain or snow over 800 miles, from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. Parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina could get up to 2 feet of snow.

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