Water scarce around the Bay as people prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma turns water into scarce item
Posted at 4:17 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 21:42:24-04

From Pinellas to Hernando and Hillsborough counties, finding water was nearly impossible for shoppers around the Bay on Wednesday as shoppers looked to prepare in case Hurricane Irma strikes.

Supermarkets quickly ran out of the water they received early in the morning, some running out in the first 15 to 45 minutes.

The manager at Bravo Supermarkets off W. Hillsborough Ave. expects new stock Thursday morning at 9.

Trader Joes off Swann Ave. in Tampa will get a new shipment in time for when they open at 8 a.m.

The Save-A-Lot at Colonial Village Shopping Center in Sarasota expects more water by 8 a.m. Thursday morning as well as the Winn Dixie off N. 4th St. in St Pete.

“As soon as they’re putting it on the shelves people are grabbing it up,” said Timothy Kent, who went to five stores looking for water without luck.

FEMA suggests at least one gallon of water per person per day in preparing for an emergency like a hurricane.

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