As northeast coast residents brace for what many are predicting to be the biggest blizzard of all time, last-minute shoppers rushed grocery stores leaving empty shelves as they made preparations for a snow in of possibly epic proportions.

Tens of millions stand in the path of a massive blizzard expected to impact a 250-mile swath of the east coast, which some are anticipating will blanket parts of New England in up to three feet of snow.

Several major airports have canceled hundreds of flights, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has ordered traffic off of roads starting at 9PM, also warning residents to expect rolling power outages.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged residents to stay home if possible, and yesterday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put out an urgent warning telling residents to “prepare for the worst.”

“We are facing most likely one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” de Blasio stated. “New Yorkers should not underestimate this storm… Assume conditions will be unsafe.”

“Make other plans. Change your plans now in advance of this storm. Even walking should be kept to a minimum.”

Ill-prepared New Yorkers apparently heeded no lessons from the “Snowpocalypse” that hit the east coast last year, which left miles of motorists stranded on the highway and stirred Atlanta residents into a grocery-buying panic, despite only bringing about three inches of snow.

Here are some scenes out of New York, courtesy of Twitter:

Despite the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to cast so-called “preppers” as conspiracy theorists, the Federal Emergency Management Agency actually encourages Americans to prepare for disasters by stocking up on a few days worth of essentials.

From Ready.gov:

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

H/T: Gothamist


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