Hurricane prep in SWFL
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's officially hurricane season and NOAA is calling for an "above normal and possibly extremely active" season.
Fox 4 stopped by a local Home Depot to see if Southwest Floridians were heeding the warning and stocking up on supplies.
"They usually come in to stock up on the basics: water, batteries, flashlights," said Zee Habibullah, the asst. store manager at Home Depot.
But those items weren't exactly flying off the shelves today. Habibullah who has worked at Home Depot for eleven years, says it was an average turnout today for the start of hurricane season.
Those that did shop today took it seriously. Charles Tatar came to purchase a generator. This will be his first hurricane season in South Florida.
"I've heard when you lose power, you lose power for days. It's just not an hour or two,"said Tartar.
Others that have braved the storm before, took the beginning of hurricane season with a bit of humor.
"I've got a full tanks of gas, and I know which way is north," said John Gazda, a longtime Floridian.
But others are disregarding NOAA's forecast altogether.
One man said, "I checked my schedule and no, we aren't having [a hurricane] this year."
As we approach the quiet before the storm, Home Depot managers are urging Southwest Floridians to take it seriously and stock up.
"Get it while the supplies are here," said Habibullah, "because if [a hurricane] does come this way, and you do need supplies, they might not be here when you need them."