Dartmouth Shaw’s Felt the Blows From Tropical Storm Henri
Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Tropical Henri touched down on parts of the SouthCoast.
Fallen trees, branches, limbs and even utility poles covered the roadways of Westport, Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth area. Many businesses have closed in preparation of the storm, just to be cautious, while others stayed open, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.
Among the grocery stores open was Shaw's in Dartmouth, which was having a bit of trouble keeping the electricity stable. Just before lunchtime, a local named Joseph Arruda was getting some last-minute supplies before boarding up for the day. While he was in the produce aisle, he took out his phone and started recording the ceiling lights. Take a look for yourself:
I took the liberty of uploading the clean version, but you can also view the NSFW TikTok from Arruda.
"The generators at Shaw's weren't working for some reason," Arruda said. "They were closing all of the cold food aisles to try to keep the temperature inside of the coolers and freezers. It was wild."
Customers were left in the dark for a good 20-30 seconds before the generators could kick back on, but the process wasn't working as it should.
It was like something out of a horror movie.
I called over to Shaw's not long after seeing Arruda's video, and the grocery store was still open. The dairy department was also still open, but at that time the frozen food aisles were still temporarily blocked off.