GARDEN CITY - Some simple tasks residents perform every day may not be accessible once Hurricane Irene strikes, forcing many Long Islanders to get their errands done early.

If the power goes out, gas pumps won't work, which meant long lines at gas stations throughout the Island today. ATM machines will also be unavailable without electricity, so residents should take out cash now.

Water companies are required to have backup power for their pumps, but officials still recommend everyone fill up their bathtubs before the storm and use that water to flush the toilet if the water pressure gets turned off.

For emergency situations, police will remain on alert, but fire trucks and ambulances will not run after the winds get up to sustained 45-55 miles per hour.

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