As the Treasure Coast waits to see what impacts Hurricane Isaias may bring this weekend, some residents Friday were taking no chances and getting prepared.
At a Publix in Stuart on U.S. 1 by Indian Street, Shawn Whitney, 47, was loading things up.
“ I just got four, 5-gallon (containers) of gas, and I’m getting some water and eggs,” Whitney said, noting they have a generator.
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Inside the Publix, there was plenty of toilet paper, which had been in short supply in months past, but few paper towels. There also appeared to be a big dent in the bottled water aisle.
Whitney, of Stuart, also said she was running low on cat food, and didn’t want to make a run out during the storm for kitty supplies.
“I’ll probably end up having to go out for something else,” Whitney said. “I was just thinking, maybe I should have got some D batteries but I didn’t get D batteries. I’ll have to go home and look.”
Whitney said her family will stay at her home, but she works at Cleveland Clinic Martin South Hospital and will be part of the “storm team” there.
To the south in Hobe Sound at East Ridge Park, Martin County officials were giving away sand bags. Portions of the Hobe Heights community east of U.S. 1 were inundated with flooding in June.
Scott Crockett, 34, was one of those. His home is on Southeast James Street not far from East Ridge Park.
Crockett was taking advantage of the sandbag giveway and loading bags in a pickup.
“Our house, it was one of the bad houses, it got extremely flooded, so we’re here just to help prevent further flooding,” Crockett said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t get any worse than what it was before.”
Crockett said they still haven’t been able to move back in. He said a retention pond next to their home already is flooded.
“As long as it (the storm) stays off shore and stays on the track that they’re expecting, we’ll be good hopefully,” Crockett said. “But any rain, it’s not going to be good.”
Those in St. Lucie County also were taking steps to prepare.
At the Publix located at 9100 South U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie, Friday morning, Lynn Mancini said she was shopping for some hurricane supplies.
“I’m getting bread, water, pasta and some snacks for the next few days,” the Port St. Lucie resident said.
Mancini said her plan for the day is to pick up some essentials and then secure her outdoor furniture. She said she has hurricane windows, so she won’t be putting up shutters in anticipation of the storm.
“We’re just going to keep watching the news and stay informed,” she said.
At the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 1 south of Port St. Lucie Boulevard, Lucille Singh was shopping for a few items.
“I’m not too worried about it,” she said. “I’ve been here seven years, and it always ends up fine.”
Singh said her landlord typically puts up shutters on her home, but she said she doesn’t think he will this time because of the storm’s predicted strength.
“I needed to pick up ginger ale, water and milk, so that’s what I’m here for,” she said.
Will Greenlee is a breaking news reporter for TCPalm. He also covers strange, wild and weird Treasure Coast crimes in “Off The Beat.” Follow Will on Twitter @OffTheBeatTweet or reach him by phone at 772-692-8936. E-mail him at [email protected]
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