Storm supplies arrive, shoppers swoop in

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By Kayla Vaughn



It was a mad scramble at many local retailers Thursday, as new shipments of storm-related essentials arrived, were stacked at the front of the stores, and quickly got scooped up by determined shoppers.

Home Depot in Lancaster was expecting more generators and water. A store employee said the last shipment of generators sold out in just a few hours.

Friends Peggy Mackey and Gloria Simpson were grabbing cases of water and other supplies at Home Depot while they could.

“We survived 11 days without power when Hugo came through,” Mackey said. “You don’t really know what you can make it through until you actually have to go through it.”

Mackey said they have been stocking up on foods that don’t need cooking.

“You can’t really do anything but put it in God’s hands,” Simpson said as they loaded the last of their bags into the full buggy.

At Lowe’s in Indian Land, employees were hurrying to change out displays from seasonal items to hurricane cleanup supplies.

A Lowe’s employee said the store was out of generators and water and wouldn't have any more until Sunday or Monday. He said there was plenty of propane, and trash cans and tarps were flying off the shelves.

“We’re just trying to get people what they need for the storm,” he said.

Several gas stations around the county were either out of gas or running low.

Camp Creek Grocery in Buford was out of gas for a few days, but a tanker arrived around midday Thursday and the store became very busy, according to one of the clerks.

Unlike many stores, Camp Creek wasn’t limiting how much gas each customer could pump.




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