Some Local Stores See Supply Shortage

11:51 AM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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AMHERST, N.Y. - While we aren't likely to see anything near to what they're expecting on the eastcoast as a result of Hurricane Sandy, it never hurts to be on the safe side and be properly prepared.

This includes having sufficient food, water and supplies to deal with changing weather conditions. 

Depending on where you go, supplies to deal with this weekend's rain and Hurricane Sandy may be in short supply. Folks all across our region are heading to stores to stock up on batteries, flashlights, shot vacs and pumps.

"I think people want to be prepared for this," said Ed Korzinek, who along with his son, ordered two generators ahead of the storms. They picked up their generators Saturday evening, as Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit western New York on Monday. 

"Plus [we have] extension cords and the jerry cans and stuff for the gasoline," Korzinek said, "They better work." 

That's in part because a good generator is in short supply. Perhaps the most important thing most people are after are generators. All local Home Depots are sold out of them. And Lowe's, another home improvement retailer is also out of generators.

"As soon as people hear that their power could be going out they immediately start thinking about how much food they have in the house? How they're going to run a sump pump in case they get water in their basement? How they're going to keep their lights on?" said store manager, Ryan Pais of Home Depot.

Lowe's says it will get more generators on Sunday. Home Depot say it doesn't know when it'll get more generators for their local stores. A smart thing you could do before heading out to a store is calling ahead to make sure the store has what you need.

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