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Storm preps underway now in Tampa ahead of Dorian

Posted at 11:28 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 18:02:29-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Storm preps are now underway across the Tampa Bay area as Dorian barrels closer to Florida.

While important storm supplies are becoming scarce in South Florida, we found Home Depot in Tampa fully stocked for customers.

"Supplies don’t expire," said assistant manager Tierra Johnson. "They will be there in case of the emergency but what you don’t want is to have a situation where you can’t keep your family or your friends safe because you didn’t take the time to prepare ahead."

ABC Action News spoke with customers buying water, batteries, and generators in case Tampa is hit by Dorian.

“Protect your family, essentially. That’s how I look at. And I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’d rather be able to be self-sustainable than just be kind of stuck without power.”

The City of Tampa is opening three locations to stock up on sandbags from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Thursday.

  • Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 South Himes Avenue
  • MacFarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Avenue
  • Al Barnes Park, 2902 North 32nd Street

You must bring proof of City of Tampa residency and are limited to 10 bags.