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One grocery store manager told NBC 6 that although it is disappearing from shelves, he expects daily shipments to replenish bottled water.
Even as Hurricane Dorian is forecasted to not strike the state of Florida until early next week, residents in South Florida were not wasting time and were preparing for whatever comes their way.
The uncertain track of where the storm will strike has South Floridians stocking up on supplies like bottled water and canned foods at local stores and filling their vehicles with gas at stations across the area – including some arriving before sunrise Thursday morning in an effort to get supplies before they run out.
"I went to a Walmart in Tamarac, there was no water. I didn’t find water down here," one father told NBC 6 shortly after he was able to purchase several cases of bottled water. "I paid a lot of money, but at least I have water."
One grocery store manager told NBC 6 that although it is disappearing from shelves, he expects daily shipments to replenish bottled water while officials say that reserving tap water is perfectly fine for several days.
Some hardware stores were running low or running out of other supplies like gas cans and generators.
At a Costco in Miami Lakes, the store manager said it only took two hours to run out of 1,300 cases of water. It was estimated more than 500 people went through the doors every half hour.
South Floridians remember well the lessons of Hurricane Irma from two years ago - a ferocious storm that took an unexpected turn at the last minute and forced some families to reroute their evacuation plans as the message is to be prepared - a message South Floridians are taking seriously.