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Shelves Empty As Hurricane Dorian Spins Closer

Tampa resident Michael Holt had his shopping cart packed to brim as he exited the Publix at USF during his lunch break on Friday. THOMAS IACOBUCCI / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

Shelves are emptying of essentials like bottled water as Hurricane Dorian spins closer to Florida.

At one Tampa grocery store, Michael Holt had a shopping cart filled to the brim with all the essentials:

“I have bread, ziplocs to make ice for the coolers, and vitamin water since they’re out of water,” he said, wheeling his way into the store’s parking lot.

Holt is an old hand at this – he’s weathered multiple hurricanes. So he’s got his plan down.

“I board up the windows, get bread and non-perishables,” he said.

When ask if he had enough supplies to withstand Dorian, Holt said simply, “We’ll find out.”

In an all too familiar scene, shelves that once housed water bottles and gallons are now empty as Tampa residents scramble to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. THOMAS IACOBUCCI / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

In an all too familiar scene, shelves that once housed water bottles and gallons are now empty as Tampa residents scramble to prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
THOMAS IACOBUCCI / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

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