Customers go to hardware stores to buy storm supplies

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The City of Clearwater encouraged residents to stay informed about Tropical Depression No. 9.

The road is uncertain, but customers are buying storm stocks.

On Friday, customers headed to Lowe’s Home Improvement on U.S. Highway 19 in Clearwater.

Several people bought generators, including Richard Taylor. Taylor said he was headed to Georgia this morning but decided to stay in town.

“I woke up this morning. We were on a trip to Georgia and on the way we checked spaghetti plans and some news outlets and decided to turn around and come back,” Taylor said.

Taylor has lived in Chicago for the past 30 years, but her fiance is from Florida.

“He’s out getting food and I’m here getting a generator and gas cylinders,” Taylor said.

“I bought this inverter generator that was pretty small because it fit in my car and could power a refrigerator and a window unit, just this little one bedroom for one bedroom,” Taylor said.

“We have two freezers full of food and our generator at home is not working, just to be safe, just in case. It’s not 100% sure it’s going to be on the road,” said Alana Fraddosio.

People should prepare a hurricane kit. The kit should include a first aid kit with bandages, sanitary napkins, flashlights with charged batteries, and a battery-powered ventilator.

You should also have one gallon of water per person for at least three days and 3-7 days of food for you and your pet.

It’s a good idea to keep some foods that don’t require preparation, such as bread, peanut butter, bananas, canned fruit, energy bars, and granola.

The City of Clearwater encourages residents to sign up for Alert Pinellas and download the new Ready Pinellas app from the App Store or Google Play Store to receive real-time storm updates.

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