Residents make storm preps in South County

Wind and waves began to pound Matunuck as a powerful winter storm comes ashore.

As the snow started to fall Friday, most people are planning to stay inside to ride out the storm.

"Probably family game night. Probably stay in and not do too much," said Shelby Southworth.

Southworth was heading to work in South Kingstown before driving to Pawtucket. She said she was concerned about the ride home.

"I'm going to keep my eye on it and leave earlier if I need to," she said.

At Seaview Marketplace in Matunuck, milk and other necessities were still on the shelves Friday morning.

But after losing power for five days during Hurricane Sandy, owner Dan Saber is more worried about Mother Nature.

"Hopefully, keep our fingers crossed, we'll be doing alright," he said.

As the snow began to fall in South County, the concern isn't just the large snowfall totals, but coastal erosion, especially on the beach where businesses were left teetering on the bring after Hurricane Sandy.

"They are concerned with the erosion. Hopefully the houses that are remaining that are hanging off the beach, still are hanging tomorrow," Saber said.

People with pets were hurrying to get their dogs outside while they still can, keeping an eye on the fall snow.

Joe Kunz, a 35-year veteran of South Kingstown, said neighbors are ready to help each other with any damage.

"Matunuck's Matunuck. It'll live through everything. Problem's going to be power, if people lose heat," he said.

The storm is expected to gain strength as night falls.