Local stores face supply shortages as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma

Local stores face supply shortages as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma
Posted at 4:52 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 14:16:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Folks in the area are getting ready for the possibility of Hurricane Irma making landfall.

Many stores are selling out of supplies like batteries and bottled water.

WTXL has been calling and stopping by countless stores in Tallahassee today, and most of them are running low on supplies like batteries and flashlights. And many are completely out of and bottled water.

At this Publix store near Lake Ella, employees tell me people were lined up outside, waiting to get in right away when they opened at 7 this morning, they sold out of water 15 minutes later.

Although we don't know yet exactly what the local impact of Irma will be, shoppers tell me they're getting ready now just in case.

"A year ago, we were under the hurricane and definitely what happened just in Texas, I don't think they ever expected it to be as bad but I think everybody has finally learned that even though it may not hit at all or possibly until the weekend, it's better to be safe than sorry," said Cherie Morgan, a Tallahassee resident. 

A representative from Publix Corporate says they're already working to send more supplies to their stores in southern Florida, as they get ready for Irma to bear down.

Some of the smaller stores and pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS still had supplies but those are definitely running low, too.

However, many store managers tell us they'll be getting overnight shipments, so our local stores should be stocked up again soon.