Stores Stock Up

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People are rushing to buy a lot of other things beside gasoline. Area stores are stocking up on hurricane supplies as home and business owners rush to prepare.

Despite the stores' efforts, some items are still in short supply. Batteries, flashlights, canned goods and even coolers can't compete with the amount of bottled water that's leaving these shelves.

David Terry, who delivered water, said, "I've done filled it up two or three times today. Business has picked up on water sales the past two days and it's probably going to pick up more."

Store managers at the Marianna Wal-Mart say keeping up with water orders is hard to do this time of year. Ordering 40 to 50 percent more water is usually the standard during hurricane season.

Eric Birge, a Wal-Mart grocer, said, "We put extra orders two or three, four weeks ahead of time. A lot times the warehouse will ship it where they think it's needed first, so if south Florida is going to get the hurricane before we do, they'll ship it there first."

Even people passing through town head to the store's most popular aisle.

Marianne Simmons said, "We live in Pensacola and we're stocking up on supplies here in Marianna before we get to Pensacola because we hear the shelves are becoming bare at home."

The shelves are emptying faster than they can be restocked and people here say that's because it's better to be safe than sorry.

Remember that when preparing for a hurricane you should have a gallon of water per person, per day for at least a four-day period. People who are ill or nursing mothers may require additional water.