TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Even as tropical storm Erika dissipates as she makes her way to Florida, people across the bay area are still taking precautions to make sure they are prepared for the worst.
“A lot of water was sold. We had a couple of pallets of water in the stock room and they are all gone now,” said Walgreen’s manager Anthony Payne.
Across the city, essential items like candles and toilet paper, are flying off store shelves.
“Last year, we put out our gas cans and generators for people, but they didn’t go as quickly as they are moving this year,” said Lowe’s employee Lance Anderson.
The torrential rain of July and early August may have been a catalyst for people to get prepared early or suffer the consequences.
“The flooding that Tampa had a few weeks ago certainly showed people how vulnerable they are. During that time, we had rain for 20 days straight. It wasn’t until day 19 that people started buying supplies,” said Anderson.
Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning people about the potential price gouging of essential items during this time, like water, fuel or propane. If you suspect price gouging, you can call the Attorney General’s hotline and report it at 866-9-NO-SCAM.