Stocking Up For The Storm

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:17am

Residents living in Irene's path are bracing for the storm's arrival.

As Hurricane Irene slowly moves toward the East Coast of the U.S., many people stocking up on supplies in case the storm does hit their area.

On Monday, the Lowe's on Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia saw a spike in sales thanks to Irene.

"We've seen a lot of people come in getting prepared for Irene. We've seen a lot of business in the generator section. A lot of people getting gas cans, water, especially batteries. A lot of people jumping ahead of the game," said store manager Ralph Steding.

An indicator that people are preparing is sales of generators: Lowe's sold more than half a dozen on Monday.

The machines can help keep you cool in case the power goes out.

"After a hurricane, if we go through and it goes back to 98-100 degree weather, I don't want to be without my A/C," said Steding.

In case the lights go out, savvy Savannah residents know they will need flashlights and plenty of batteries, plus a big essential: water.

One thing that hadn't sold as much was plywood.

Steding said most people wait until a day or two before the storm and then it goes flying off the shelves.

"We'll probably get an extra truck or two this week, starting tomorrow and the next day, just for that business. Because people wait to make sure before they make the investment to put plywood on their house," he said.

For those who aren't convinced of the need to prepare, the staff hopes you'll change your mind.

"You pray that you're not going to get hit with it, but there's an opportunity that it could come up the East Coast and hit Savannah, and you just want to be ready for it. A lot of stuff you buy for hurricane prep, it's not going to go bad," said Steding.

The managers at Lowe's said most of your hurricane supplies can fit in a storage tub or large tote bag, so you have it all in one place and it's easy to grab.

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