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Shoppers heading to Home Depot ahead of Hurricane Michael

Shoppers heading to Home Depot ahead of Hurricane Michael
Shoppers heading to Home Depot ahead of Hurricane Michael
Posted at 6:18 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:14:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Groceries aren't the only supplies people are stocking up on.

WTXL ABC's Jada Williams found out Tuesday that hardware stores are also seeing crowds of people getting ready for Hurricane Michael.

Much like the grocery stores, the Home Depot staff told me that people were knocking at the doors trying to get inside before the store opened Monday morning.

Home Depot isn't too worried about the empty shelves. That's because there's a weather center that closely monitors potential storms and disasters, then plans to send out shipments to the stores that'll be affected.

The generators ran out pretty quickly Monday, but another truck load was already headed to the store and made it in time to stock the empty shelves.

The store manager says that this year he's noticed a lot of people are focusing on new items.

Billy Kang, Home Depot store manager: "Just because of last year's Hurricane, there were a lot that were unprepared. So they're trying to be more frequent now, getting ready. So, as of this point, the cleaning supplies, the coolers. That was more last minute last year. Now people are really looking at it, a little bit more into a bulk."

Other supplies shoppers are stocking up on includes plywood, generators and coolers.