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Plywood in high demand as residents rush to board up homes

Hardware stores and grocery stores were still open Thursday as people continue to prepare for Hurricane Irma. (WPEC)

Hardware stores and grocery stores were still open Thursday as people continue to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

At the Lowe’s in St. Lucie West, plywood was the hot item.

“It's just time now to buckle down, be safe and be prepared and wait and to see what happens,” said Latasha Darrisaw.

Darrisaw waited until Thursday to get plywood. She said she wanted to make sure the storm was coming before she took the time to board her Fort Pierce home.

“With Matthew I spent a lot of money preparing, and we didn't see much so I was waiting to try and see and be sure before I spent all the unnecessary money and that there was gonna be some kind of impact before I spent so much money,” Darrisaw said.

Store manager Ryan Morgado said while they are still seeing business, it was busier over the Labor Day Weekend.

“It’s nice to see a lot more people take the storm seriously, and we're here prepping early, but as to be expected, we're always going to have those last minute people to see if the storms actually going to come,” Morgado said.

He said his store is out of a lot of products but will continue to get shipments until the roads are no longer safe.


“We’ve been trying to bring product in as quickly as possible,” Morgado said. "It's getting a little thinner now just because it's getting so close.”

He said the only thing they aren’t getting more shipments of is water. However, he said if you have bottles or old jugs at home, fill those with your tap water now.

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