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Stores Struggle to Meet Demand Ahead of Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane supplies are flying off shelves in supermarkets. Hurricane supplies are flying off shelves in supermarkets.
Batteries are in short supplies at stores. Batteries are in short supplies at stores.
Lowes is out of generators, as of Wednesday. Lowes is out of generators, as of Wednesday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

As people continue to prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Florence, stores are seeing their supplies fly off the shelves at a pace they can’t keep up with. Costco, Lowes, and Reid’s Market are all reporting high sales over the last few days.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Costco said they only had three generators and left in stock. Lowes has been out of generators and flashlights and other big box stores are having similar shortages. Costco is expecting 44 more generators, but the store expects to sell out of them quickly if the pattern of the last few days stays the same.

One manager at Lowes said that people are getting inventive due to the lack of supplies.

“Headlamps have been flying off the shelves I did not expect,” said Lowes assistant store sales manager Bryan Harington.

All of the stores hope more supplies can be sent to their stores, but cannot guarantee it because of unanticipated road conditions.

“The store seems to be a bit busier than we usually are when they call for a snowstorm,” said Reid’s Market manager Chris Clements.

Lowes, Costco, and Reid’s Market said that they plan to keep regular business hours as long as the power at the store remains on and employees can get to work safely. They hope more supplies can be sent to their stores, but cannot guarantee it because of unanticipated road conditions.