Grocery store shelves see storm surge from Hurricane Matthew


As many are preparing for the approach of Hurricane Matthew, shelves at several Lowcountry supermarkets have been impacted. Trader Joe's has ordered more water, they said a new shipment was expected Tuesday nigh. Other supermarkets have have also been forced to order to do the same thing.

"Right now it looks pretty good but I'm sure it'll be cleared out soon," said Mary Campbell-Cohn. She stocked up at the Save A Lot grocery store in West Ashley.

Bread is in pretty high demand at the market. Mark Newton said Tuesday he's keeping track.

"We got trucks coming tomorrow [Wednesday] and also Friday," he said. The chain ordered an additional semi-truck full of water for customers. Another semi-truck is coming with a variety of staples.

He said he doesn't want a repeat of Hugo.

"Basically water was the main thing," he said. "And we had to travel towns over for food."

"Batteries, bleach, paper towels - other goods people don't think about," Save A Lot General Manager Paul Nicholas. "Canned goods, tuna, little Vienna sausages, canned meat, anything they can use or eat if we do lose power for several days."

Hugo was a Category 4 when it landed in Charleston in 1989.

"It was pretty devastating," Cambell-Cohn said. "The lack of water, food and power was pretty widespread. It was terrible, terrible."

While ABC News 4 meteorologists have stressed this storm is not like Hugo, Campbell-Cohn said she's preparing for the worst because of her experience and Todd Richerson agrees.

"No running water, electricity," Richerson said. "We were out of power - I can't remember exactly, it was so long ago, but if I had to guestimate it was three or four weeks without power."

Richerson shopped at the Piggly Wiggly in North Charleston. He bought peanuts, dog food and water.

"We don't even worry about trying to keep the shelves filled," Lynn Willard said. He's the owner of Lowcountry Grocers and Piggly Wiggly. "We just stack it out here. It sells so fast you can't keep up with the shelves."

In five minutes, full shelves emptied, but Willard said another shipment is coming Wednesday.

"We have shipments coming throughout the week so as long as the shipments can get here we're gonna be ready for them and let's hope that they can get here," he said.

"During Hurricane Hugo we waited a little too long, it was, you couldn't get anything. Everything, the shelves were bare of everything," said Richerson.

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