September 17, 2003
(Charlotte, North Carolina-AP) -- As North Carolina residents are urged to make final preparations for Hurricane Isabel, home improvement stores are seeing a rush to their shelves.
A regional president for The Home Depot, Tom Taylor, says Kitty Hawk was extremely busy before today. He says people have been driving inland to get supplies such as plywood, generators and chainsaws.
Taylor says stores have been busy from Wilmington north to Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Meanwhile, officials at Lowe's set up a command post in Wilkesboro, where a team of about 15 employees is dispatching supplies to areas where the demand is highest. The team can track hundreds of truckloads of goods.
Lowe's vice president Greg Forester says there's customer demand from Wilmington up to the Maryland-Delaware area. About 100 Lowe's stores are affected by the increased demand for emergency supplies, and Lowe's estimates it's sold 10,000 generators in the past nine days.
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