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Storm supplies expected to sell briskly


By Doug Walker – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's moving day at Home Depot. Crate after crate of storm supplies are being moved from the back of the store to the front, within easy reach of customers anxious to prepare for Bonnie.  

Richard Saulsberry is the store manager overseeing this fast faced operation.  He is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to the threat in the Gulf. 

"We're getting in generators, gas cans. And we've also got two loads of plywood trucks that will be coming in also that we're getting in to get ready for the storm, for the rush that may come in this weekend." 

The supplies are being discounted to help those without a lot of money afford to prepare as well.  The prices are prominently displayed.

Kreg Hoag lost his home in Katrina, and will never take another storm for granted. 

"I'm basically just getting some gas cans and gonna get some stuff to basically prepare myself," Hoag said.  "I don't think it's going to be much, but I'm getting prepared for the storm and the wind and I'm going to go to the house and take in anything that could fly away."  

While some of the folks we talked to Friday were shopping for hurricane supplies for themselves, others were doing it for a more important reason, the loved ones in their lives.

One of those is Maurice Malochee, who has his eye on one particular item to make life easier for someone special. 

"I'm looking for a household backup generator for my mother-in-law who is homebound and won't be able to evacuate unless it's fire. So it's something to keep the refrigerator and maybe microwave on."   

Store officials say they have contingency plans in place in case any items run low.  Extra trucks can be brought in with more supplies within a few hours.

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