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People in Southwest Florida prepare for Hurricane Dorian

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 13:52:49-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Hurricane Dorian is expected to get stronger before making landfall in Florida on Labor Day.

Now is the time to check what supplies you have and what you still need to get.

We are still days away from the storm and already we are seeing empty shelves inside grocery stores in Southwest Florida.

Right now, people are racing to stock up before Dorian. “I’m nervous in the fact that I just want to be ready because it’s my first one,” said Deborah Nunez.

From first timers to veterans of hurricanes in Florida, many people are preparing for the worst. “You never know so I grabbed some canned goods and bread,” said Cape Coral resident, Ian Reyes.

Reyes was in Southwest Florida during Irma and was left without power for two weeks so he’s not taking any chances. “I’m grabbing three cases because I’m probably gonna be sticking it out,” said Reyes.

Right now, grocery stores in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers are already running low on water. “I went by two Walmarts already and they were sold out of water. This is my first experience,” said Nunez. “I have dry food stocked up.”

Store managers said they are getting more shipments in over the next few days.

But it's not just grocery stores that are busy, but gas stations are, too. Some people are also filling up on propane for their gas grills and smokers.

Terry Walters from North Fort Myers is dealing with a double whammy. He’s not only worried about his home in Southwest Florida but he also has a place in Puerto Rico. “Both places can be impacted so we hope for the best,” Walters said.

He feels optimistic and is hoping like everyone else that his home and family will be okay.

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