Florida residents stock up on supplies as Hurricane Irma strengthens

TAMPA, Fla. - With Hurricane Irma churning west, many Florida residents are taking precaution and stocking up on supplies.

A Home Depot in Royal Palm Beach on Monday morning posted a sign that said they were short of some hurricane supplies, including wing nuts, 5-gallon containers for gasoline and 5-gallon jugs of water.

"All the stuff with Harvey, the extent of the problem they've had there, plus we've had our storms here not that long ago ... so people are being more vigilant I guess," said David Graham, who was out shopping for supplies.

Residents were busy buying plywood Monday at the Home Depot. The manager of the store said they would be receiving a new shipment of the items currently out of stock, but didn't have a timeline for the arrival.

Several Home Depots across the Tampa Bay area were also out of generators, but stores told us they should have some in stock by Thursday or Friday. 

"We had a lot of them ship out to Texas but a lot of customers are coming in," said Phillip Richard a Home Depot Assistant Manager. "Right now we're running low but we have a lot of shipments that are getting ready to come in so we should be having them in a couple of days."

Shelves of water at several stores were nearly empty Sunday, as the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma's path prompts people to prepare just in case.

“There was nothing at Walmart," said Bianca Rodriguez of Palm Beach Gardens. "Not even like one thing of water.”

Emergency officials recommend people have one gallon of water per person, per day for at least five days in the event of a hurricane.

Rodriguez found cases of bottled water at a Winn-Dixie on Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens Sunday night.

"I lucked out. There’s only a couple left, but at least there was enough for me," said Rodriguez.

Public officials took to Twitter Sunday to tell people to get prepared.

Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz‏ wrote: "We're keeping a watchful eye on #irma & we'll be ready if needed. No need to panic - just be prepared. Worst case: @BBPD has you covered!"

"After the whole Houston thing, it's kind've scary now," Raquel Gibson of Tampa said. "We just got some water, lanterns and some ponchos for now."

Gov. Rick Scott posted several tweets Sunday:  

"Disaster preparedness should be a priority for every Florida family. Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/ to get a plan today."

"As we continue to monitor Hurricane Irma, families should make sure their Disaster Supply Kits are ready today. http://floridadisaster.org/supplykit.htm"

"FL knows how important it is to be prepared. Encourage your loved ones to have a plan ahead of any potential storm. http://www.floridadisaster.org/GetAPlan/"

"As we continue to monitor Hurricane Irma, families should make sure their Disaster Supply Kits are ready today. https://t.co/ymXjrTHewW"

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