Shoppers prepare for July 4, possible hurricane impacts afterward

Many people were heading to local grocery stores and supermarkets Friday to stock up on supplies days ahead of possible impacts caused by Hurricane Elsa.

The storm essentials included water, batteries and non-perishable food.

We saw employees restock shelves with water right next to where the Fourth of July sparklers were on sale.

“We have water and some basic stuff,” Shaina Zupke said.

People want to celebrate with fireworks but are also preparing in case Elsa makes an appearance after the holiday weekend.

“We just make sure we have enough food,” Sean O’Connor said.

Mike Cothran says not to panic.

“We got a new generator, so we’re not worried about it,” Cothran said.

Many people have what they need and will play the waiting game.

“Obviously if it gets more intense, then, we’ll probably have to get more stuff,” Zupke said. “But we’re just going to try and enjoy the fourth.”

This isn’t the first storm for Cothran. He knows what is at the top of the shopping list in times like this.

“I like to make sure I have my bottle water,” Cothran said.

The shelves are freshly stocked with water at Publix and Home Depot. The same goes for other necessities such as batteries, non-perishable food and even wood.

There were long lines at Costco with people filling up their gas tanks. Everyone is making sure they are prepared for whatever happens.

“If it’s a smaller storm, you know, hunker down, but you don’t have to go overboard, Zupke said.

If you’re heading out to Publix for supplies, make sure you pick up the WINK News Hurricane Guide. It has everything you and your family needs to know this hurricane season.

Reporter:Zach Oliveri
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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