People stock up to prepare for the worst

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jul 27 2013 06:56:00 PM HST

As KITV4 tracks Tropical Storm Flossie, many are stocking up to prepare for the worst.

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Many people are stocking up to prepare for the worst as they keep their eyes on Tropical Storm Flossie. Propane tank after propane tank were filled since  Saturday morning at the City Mill in Kaimuki. The list of usually nine orders was already reaching almost 30 just hours after opening. Half of the propane supply was gone by noon.

"I was worried that they would be out of propane and there would be a long line. I was the first out of three. I think there were three more bottles after me," said shopper Alex Medeiros.

"Preparing for the storm just in case we need our stove, so we brought some propane," said John Kong Kee.

With possible power outages ahead from Tropical Storm Flossie, batteries, tarps, flashlights and emergency hand books were displayed in easy-to-see sections of the store. Retailers were making sure shelves were full of supplies needed during a disaster.

"The sand with the sand bags, propane with the propane tanks, charcoal, tarps, masking tape, duct tape, a lot of the things that basically they need to get them prepared. We sold out of our generators," said Charlie Nakana, Kaimuki City Mill store manager.

The Department of Emergency Management advises residents to have a safe location to go to that will have electricity if you don't have a back up generator. They also say everyone needs to have at least a seven-day disaster-supply kit in case you need to evacuate your home.

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