Supplies fly off shelves as Hurricane Irma nears Florida
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Hurricane supplies flew off the shelves Thursday as Hurricane Irma draws closer.
"I'm very uncertain (whether) to leave or not. So I'm going to board everything up and then depending on tomorrow (decide) whether I'll stay or leave," resident Risa Martinez said.
Martinez was measuring plywood at Home Depot in Altamonte Springs Thursday.
She's stayed for storms in the past but she said the destruction Irma threatens unlike anything before.
"Everything seams empty and they say they're going to restock it but I'm afraid that if you wait then the weather is going to be bad when you get out to get restocked," Martinez said.
Home Depot in Altamonte Springs remained busy throughout the week, which is a positive sign that people are prepared for Irma.
"Everyone has been coming in here. We have trucks in. We have another lumber truck coming in today. We had a lumber truck come in yesterday," Home Depot assistant manager, Patrick Sutton said.
The store ran out of water Thursday morning in less than 30 minutes.
While the store waits for another shipment truckloads of other supplies continue to come in.
The Whole Foods in Winter Park ran out if all bottled water Thursday by 3 p.m. The store is offering to fill containers for 35 cents a gallon.
Across the street at Lowe's, people were loading up on generators.
'It's been very busy today, man. Very, very busy," a Lowe's employee said.
A shipment of about 60 generators were brought in Thursday afternoon. As soon as they came in they were close to being gone.
"We are getting supplies in as quickly as possible. Water, very strong demand. We're expecting more in tomorrow morning about 8:30," Lowe's service manager James Birkentall said.
Birkentall said extra employees were brought in to help with the surge of people.
Target in Altamonte Springs tripled its employee workload to accommodate customers as well.
Propane has also been a popular item to sell out.
As of Thursday afternoon, Ace Hardware store in Maitland and Apopka still had a supply.
A representative with U-haul said most stores still have propane.
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